• Cash First Referral Leaflets

    Find locally available advice and cash first support options

  • About the Project

    'Worrying About Money?' cash first referral leaflets are co-designed as straightforward resources for people facing money worries or  financial crises - and support workers - to quickly see which local agencies are best placed to help with available cash first options. The design of the leaflets is based on learning from Scotland's A Menu for Change project.
    Since June 2020, the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) has collaborated with local stakeholders to publish leaflets covering over 70 local authorities in Scotland, England and Wales and is currently working with partners to co-develop leaflets in many more areas listed below. Stakeholder groups typically include local authority teams, advice providers, food aid organisations and other third sector organisations. The 'Worrying About Money?' leaflets are published online, printed copies disseminated as widely as possible and translated and  digital versions produced. Training sessions linked to the leaflet have also been developed and you can find out more on this below.
    The aim of this work is to reduce the need for charitable food aid by helping people access any existing financial entitlements and advice on income maximisation as a cash first response to food insecurity. You can read more about why a cash first approach to food insecurity is fundamental to ending the need for charitable food aid here.
    If you'd like to get in touch about co-producing a 'Worrying About Money?' leaflet for your area please contact admin@foodaidnetwork.org.uk.

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  • Feedback on the cash first referral leaflets


    “This is a great piece of joint work and supplements all the other work that has been going on to make sure people are aware of all the support that is available to them and who to contact to get it...the guide is concise and clearly laid out with all the details and information on support available across the Highlands in the one place."


    Councillor Alasdair Christie, Deputy Leader of Highland Council


    Feedback on our co-developed referral leaflets


    "This leaflet is absolutely brilliant! Just what we've been looking for... all the information and useful numbers in the one leaflet. It's so easy to read as well. A great piece of work. We'll start distributing it next week in our food parcels."

    Braes Storehouse Food Bank

    Feedback on our co-developed referral leaflets


    "Thank you for the leaflet you have compiled. It is excellent and will be of good use to us when we deliver our food packs to houses."


    Storehouse Bo'ness

    Feedback on our co-developed referral leaflets


    "How exciting to receive them! They look great and really very clear to follow."


    East Berwickshire Foodbank

    Feedback on our co-developed referral leaflets


    "The new ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet for Shropshire has been really well received, people have told us it is straight forward and easy to use. We’re so pleased to be able to offer people this resource. The leaflet has really helped to empower local groups and individuals to know what cash-first support options are available in Shropshire."
    Sophie Padgett, Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance Coordinator

    Feedback on our co-developed referral leaflets


    "An important tool to tackling poverty in our city. Whilst food parcels remain an important, and often essential provision at a time of crisis, they aren’t dealing with the root causes of financial insecurity and are therefore just a temporary fix. Plymouth has many excellent services available for anyone with financial concerns, and this leaflet is a simple and easy to use resource to help agencies and volunteers offer appropriate assistance.”
    Ayshea Cross, Plymouth Food Aid Network Coordinator

  • We are working with local stakeholders in...



    East Riding of Yorkshire

    Hastings and Rother







    South Oxfordshire

    St Albans




    West Northamptonshire

    West Oxfordshire

    West Suffolk

    Winchester City


    Vale of White Horse


    Greater London









    North Lanarkshire

    East Dunbartonshire
    Dumfries & Galloway


    Rhondda Cynon Taff


    Northern Ireland

    Mid Ulster

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