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From Monday 10th January 2022, 5-21 year olds can officially apply for #freebustravel!

There are a range of ways to apply – including for those without digital access/photo ID.

Find out more & apply


Family Fund – a charity that provides grants to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person – is calling for more families in Scotland to apply for a grant before February 2022.

Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government, we have grants available for essential items such as clothing, computer equipment, family breaks, domestic appliances or sensory toys and play equipment. To find out more about Family Fund, what grant items are available, and who is eligible to apply, visit:

Gorgie Farm Food Bank

The food bank at Gorgie Farm (known as the Community Store) is really well stocked just now with a huge range of fresh and tinned foods. They’ve just had lots more donations from places who have sadly had Christmas events cancelled. 

They also have a range of new toys and games for any families struggling who need a wee bit extra help.

There is no referral needed, no questions asked, anyone can go along and get what they need.

If you or someone you know are in need, anyone can go along and will be very welcome at the community store.

Families on Free Schools Meals should have received a winter payment of £100 before Christmas to help with the costs of winter heating bills etc. (see for more information). You can check your eligibility and apply for future supports on our Free School Meals page.

Applications made for Free School Meals will benefit schools financially also, as it will lead to an increase in PEF funding. Families with Income based eligibility should apply for FSM holiday payments here.

Did you know that the Scottish Child Payment opened for applications in November 2020? First payments begin from the end of February 2021 and full rollout to eligible families with children under 6 is expected by the end of 2022. The payment is £10 per week, per eligible child. There are no limits in the number of eligible children supported by the Scottish Child payment. Households with children and in receipt of a qualifying benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Income Related benefits, Pension Credits) are eligible. For further details and to see if you are eligible, please follow this link: Scottish Child Payment .

Click on any of these links to access further information and support available.

Find up to date information on the support and activities available for families across Edinburgh. If you need help finding support for you or your child, email #EdinSupportingFamilies

Child Poverty Action Group

City of Edinburgh Council Benefits and Grants

Advice on financial matters in Scotland

Benefits checks and support

Benefits support

Housing Advice

Free, impartial money advice

Help with money worries