BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Programme supports children and young people who are facing exceptionally difficult circumstances, and is delivered by Family Fund Business Services. The programme provides items that meet a child’s most basic needs such as a bed to sleep in, a cooker to provide a hot meal and other items or services critical to a child’s wellbeing.

All applications must be made by a registered referrer.

Rachael Gardner, SAVS Engagement Officer will be able to submit applications provided that the young person/Family fit the criteria to apply.

t: 01702 356070 e:
(Tuesday 9am-1pm, Wednesday 9am-5pm, Thursday 9am-5pm)


Coronavirus Update – Emergency Essentials Programme

The Emergency Essentials Programme is currently operating as normal and we aim to process applications within 10 working days.

We know that schools being closed has brought about a number of difficult challenges for families, and many will not be able to send their child back to school for some time yet. In order to respond to the impact of lockdown on vulnerable children and young people’s access to education resources, we are now making digital devices such as laptops and tablets available as grant items. In addition to these digital devices, we can also offer a toys and games grant to help alleviate the pressure of isolation on families during lockdown.

Since the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, we have experienced a rise in applications for essential items, such as washing machines, cookers and fridge/freezers. Thanks to the donations received through the BBC’s The Big Night In appeal, we are now able to help those families facing financial hardship as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  The additional funding also means that we can award more of our essentials grants (such as kitchen appliances, furniture, beds and clothing) to families directly impacted by Coronavirus.

In order to reduce delays, we ask that you only contact us about an application if absolutely necessary.

We are unable to take phone calls during this time but please contact us by email (stating your application ID if possible):

BBC Children in Need Emergency Essentials Flood Support

The Emergency Essentials Programme is committed to supporting vulnerable low income families who have been affected by the recent severe floods.

If you haven’t already, please first follow this guidance

Then read our Emergency Essentials Flood Support – Referrer Guidance.
All enquiries must be made by a professional such as a support worker, social worker, teacher, GP or nurse.

For more information please contact (we are unfortunately unable to take phone calls during this time).

Click here to find other support for those affected by floods


Who can we help?

·         Vulnerable children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.

·         UK or EU citizens who are normally resident in the UK.

·         We can only accept one application per household within a 12 month period.

(Discretion may be given where a child or young person, or their family, have an asylum application under assessment or in circumstances where residency criteria is not consistent across the family unit).

Who are we unable to help?

·         Adults aged 18 and over.

·         Those who do not meet income criteria as defined by the programme.

·         Those who are leaving care who have access to separate, specific statutory provision.

·         Children and young people who do not meet the residence criteria as defined by the programme.

Please read our Emergency Essentials Referrer Guidelines for more details.

How we help

We can deliver or fund critical items such as:

·         Electric cookers

·         Furniture

·         Kitchen equipment and small appliances

·         Children’s beds and bedding (including cots)

·         Washing machines and tumble dryers

·         Fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers

·         Baby equipment

·         Clothing

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, we can now also offer laptops, tablets, and toys and games, to reduce the impact of being in lockdown.