Your local housing benefit office

Trafford Borough Council 
PO Box 65, 
M33 6BY
Tel 0161 912 2220

Trafford Assist - support with living costs in an emergency

Trafford Assist, run by Trafford Council, supports residents in short-term financial difficulties. Applications are discretionary and there to help meet one-off needs rather than on-going expenses.  


They may be able to help meet essential needs in an emergency or because of a disaster covering food, energy, essential furniture or white goods and essential travel costs – for example to attend a funeral or hospital appointment. 


For more information click here.

Trafford Household Support Fund

Trafford’s Household Support Fund can be used to provide support with food, energy and other household essentials.


For more information click here.

Manchester Credit Union (serving Trafford)

Manchester Credit Union – which serves Trafford residents - has been working in the area for more than 30 years, offering affordable loans and savings solutions which help the local community.

They provide a variety of loan options at a fair, affordable rate with no application fees and no early repayment charges. 

For more information click here


Citizens Advice

The Irwell Valley Foundation funds Citizens Advice sessions at the Sale West community centre every Thursday between 10am and 12pm.

Come along for expert help to manage your money, increase your income and deal with debt.

They know that everyone’s circumstances are different, so will listen to you and tailor support to suit your needs.

For more information about Citizens Advice in Trafford click here.

Support with food and other essentials

The Bread-and-Butter Thing is a social supermarket which offers members discounted groceries to help their income go further.

A typical order costs £7.50 and for that you receive a bag of fridge goods, a bag of cupboard goods and a bag of fresh fruit and vegetables.

They visit Sale West each Monday afternoon. To join as a member text 07860 063304 with your full name, postcode and ‘Sale West hub’.

Sale Community Support Fund – managed by Our Sale West – can also help with food vouchers, parcels and access to the FoodShare grocery scheme. Contact them on 0161 973 3778 for more information.

Healthy Start Card. If you’re on certain benefits and are pregnant or have a child under four, you’re eligible for a Healthy Start Card.

Receive £8.50 a week for children aged 0 to 1 and £4.25 a week for those aged 1 to 4. The card can be spent in some UK stores on fruit, vegetables, formula, and milk, and you also qualify for free vitamins. Cards are topped up every four weeks.

Click here for more information.

An interactive map highlighting food banks and community pantries has been produced by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and can be accessed here.

Click on your location to see who can help in your area.


Trafford Domestic Abuse Service

Trafford Domestic Abuse Service offer support to individuals and families living or working in the Trafford who are affected by domestic abuse.

Visit their website here.


Strictly Lunch Club

Our Sunshine Cafe within the Sale West community centre hosts Strictly Lunch every Tuesday and Thursday for older members of the community.

Guests can enjoy a chat and some company over a home-cooked two-course meal and a drink for just £2.50.

Help for Households government campaign

The government has brought together information about the various support available to help with the rising cost of living.

It includes information about income support; energy bills; household support; childcare costs; transport costs and discounts and savings.

Click here for details.

Benefits calculator

Check you are receiving all of the benefits you're entitled to with our quick and easy to use benefits calculator.

In just a few minutes it will search benefits, grants and other support available to see if you and your family are eligible.

Click here to check now.

Trafford Money Advice Referral Tool (MART)

A new Money Advice Referral Tool has been launched to support people in Trafford.

Working through a series of questions dependent on your challenges and circumstances, it provides links to and information about the different help available.

Click here for information about how to boost your household income and access support you are entitled to.

Helping Hand - Greater Manchester Combined Authority

The Helping Hand initiative by GMCA is there to help people across Greater Manchester access services that support you with the increased cost of living. 

You can find information on energy, money, food, childcare, mental health, and more. 

Click here for more information.