Work with vulnerable people?

Working with over 250 agencies and charities to support local people in need

If you are working with individuals or families who are experiencing hardship in Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland or Northamptonshire, then please get in touch to see if we may be able to help. We provide essential items, such as clothing, beds, furniture, medical and mobility equipment and, in emergencies, assistance with food to those in need.

Each year we help over 5,000 vulnerable people and children by working with organisations in the community to ensure that we get help to those who need it when they need it. Where there is a crisis or immediate need, for example in cases of domestic violence or those facing homelessness, we are able to act quickly.

We help by providing essential household goods which improve quality of life, food vouchers, and, on occasions, small amounts of cash on a weekly basis or grants for utilities for those who have, for one reason or another, slipped through the system.

Please click here for a Charity Link information pack which contains all the information that you need to access help for your service users. You can also call our friendly Casework team on 0116 222 2200 with questions or advice prior to making a request on behalf of a client.

Click here to access our new online application form: Charity Link Online Application form

For those who have not completed our general online application before:

  • Please click here to download the guidelines to help you complete the form.
  • Prior to making your first application you will need to create an account which is quick and easy to do.
  • Applications are straightforward to complete and can be saved if you need to fill in the form over more than one session.
  • Please do not hesitate to let us know if your application is urgent, simply drop us an email at or call us on 0116 222 2200.
  • If you do experience any problems when completing the form or if you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to call us on 0116 222 2200.
  • We would love to hear your feedback so that we can continually improve how you can access our services.

Alternatively you can also complete one of our application forms.

Please remember to consult the guidelines before you complete each section, as the more comprehensive and accurate the information, the more likely it will be that we can help your service users.

We aim to help within 20 days, if the need is urgent we can help the same day so please call us immediately on: 0116 222 2200.

If you would like further information then please email or call 0116 222 2200 or write to us at Charity Link, 20a Millstone Lane, Leicester LE1 5JN

 Did you know…?

  • The majority of applications we receive are from supporting agencies and professionals working with those in need (rather than direct from clients). We believe this is the most efficient way to get help to those who need it.
  • You can make an application on a client’s behalf via our online form – or, if you prefer, you can post or email a hardcopy back to us.
  • We can usually process an application for support in 7-10 days and in urgent cases, we can help the same day.
  • We access applications based upon household income, and therefore whilst the majority of the applications we receive are for people on benefits, we do also help people who are working in part-time or low paid jobs.
  • If an individual or family needs additional support, we can consider repeat applications if the previous support was provided 12 months+ previous.

“I have been very impressed with how easy  it was to make an application to yourselves and the fact that you found a fund especially for her specific circumstance, I think your service is excellent and I look forward to working with you again in the future!”.  (Recent referrer).

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