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Emergency Essentials Programme

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The Emergency Essentials Programme is provided as part of the BBC's Children in Need. It provides support to families of children and young people living in poverty, who have a lack of the basic facilities which most of us take for granted, and additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme helps to pay for items that meet the child’s most basic needs. This might be a bed to sleep in, a cooker for them to have a hot meal, essential clothing or other items and services that are critical to the child’s wellbeing.

The programme is delivered by Family Fund Business Services on behalf of the BBC. Access to the funding is by referral only so if you think you might need this help, you should speak to a professional involved in supporting your family. This might be a children's centre, social worker, GP or school. Referrals are used to make sure support gets to the most vulnerable families. 

For more information on the scheme, please visit the Family Fund website. 

Agencies must have registered to be able to make a referral. If they have not already done so, they can apply to be a referrer by clicking here.

Last Updated 31/08/2019

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