If you're looking for furniture (or an organisation helping someone to find furniture) then the following links will point you in the direction of sources of help depending on your circumstances - from local authorities to affordable credit.
It should, however, be noted that the solutions will often not come from a single source - many organisations only offer funding for one item - and it is therefore important to be persistent and patient.
Use our Local Welfare Provision (LWP) search tool to find out what help your local Council may provide in getting essential items of furniture - as well as helping with other issues, such as debt advice, food and fuel poverty.
Enter your local Council below to see what help they might offer.
A Budgeting Loan is a Government-provided loan that can help you pay for an essential or unexpected expense if you’re on a low income. It can be used for a wide range of things, including:
- furniture or household equipment
- clothing or footwear
- advance rent or removal expenses for a new home
- travelling expenses
- things to help you look for or start work
- improving, maintaining or securing your home
- maternity or funeral expenses.
- To get a Budgeting Loan you must be in receipt of one of a number of benefits for a minimum of 6 months. Budgeting Loans are not available to Universal Credit claimants. More information is available here.
Charitable grants and funds are a good sort-term solution to furniture poverty if you are looking for a one-off injection of money or resource. Use the dropdown menu to filter grants by type. If there are any more you think we should include, please let us know.
The Turn2Us grants search tool, available here is a useful resource to see if there are any charitable grants or funds that can provide you with support. This may take the form of cash or goods. The only information you need to search is your age, gender and postcode.
Preloved furniture can be a really useful way of getting affordable furniture to people on low incomes. Use the Reuse Network's search tool below to find your nearest preloved furniture service:
For those able to access it, affordable credit can be a really useful way of acquiring furniture without entering into financial difficulty.
Use Find Your Credit Union's search tool to find your nearest credit union.
Fair for You is an alternative to high cost weekly payment stores and offers flexible credit. You pay what you can afford, when you can afford it and the faster you pay it off, the less you pay.
Smarter Buys works in partnership with a number of social landlords to offer tenants a responsible, affordable finance alternative to high-cost high street stores.