If you're thinking of continuing your education at Furness College, getting your hands on some much-needed cash could be high on your list of priorities. If you think you may not be able to afford to study there are a number of ways you might be able to get help, including bus passess, bursaries and daycare.
Barrow Citizens' Advice is an independent charity that provides free, confidential, impartial, independent information and advice to people who live and work in the borough of Barrow-in-Furness about their rights and responsibilities. They aim to provide the advice people need for the problems they face, improve the policies and practices that affect peoples' lives, and fight poverty in Barrow.
Shelter helps millions of people every year who are struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. They also campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to them for help, as there will be no struggles to solve.
Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It's paid monthly in England. You may be eligible for it if you are on a low income or are out of work.
The British Red Cross help millions of people in the UK and around the world to get the support they need if crisis strikes, for example money problems - you may be eligible to get help through a period of financial difficulty.
Gingerbread provide information to help single parents support themselves and their family. They run programmes to equip single parents with the skills and opportunities to gain employment, as well as campaigning and infuence polocy to reduce the stigma against single parents, and make services more accessible to all families - whatever their shape or size.
If you're struggling on a low income, there's a lot more cash out there to help than you may think. Charities, the Government, and even companies often have funds which are available to help, especially if you have children. Millions of pounds woeth of these grants, loans and tax credits go unclaimed, so the aim of the linked guide is to take you through them and see if there's any available grants for you to take.