Free School meals

Depending on your circumstances, your child/children may be eligible for free school meals. This scheme is administered by Leicestershire County Council and you can find more information and apply online.

The Pupil Premium grant is funding to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged pupils in state-funded schools in England. More information is available on the Government website.

Free childcare and child benefit

You may be eligible to receive child benefit or up to 30 hours of free childcare a week, depending on your personal circumstances. Check what you might be entitled to online.

Community fridge

We're fortunuate to have four community fridges in Leicestershire, including one in Wigston. The fridges are open to anyone and result from partnership working with various supermarkets and good businesses. Lots more information is available on the Less Waste webpage.

The Wigston community fridge is located at the Long Street, Wigston Magna LE18 2AH.

Open: Monday 13:30 – 14:30

Wednesday & Thursday 13:30 – 14:30

Friday 10:45 – 11:45

Closed: Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

Food banks

Food banks are grassroots, community organisations aimed at supporting people who cannot afford the essentials in life. The Trussel Trust has a helpful website which helps you to locate your nearest foodbank.

There are several food banks available in Oadby & Wigston:

Leicester South Foodbank

The Kings Centre, 56 Bull Head Street, Wigston, LE18 1PA

Telephone Number: 07912 194783

Oadby & Wigston Lions

South Wigston Congregational Church Hall, 48 Blaby Road, South Wigston. LE18 4SD

The Salvation Army

Ladysmith Road (off Saffron Road), South Wigston. LE18 4UZ

Telephone Number:01162 774114


Oadby Food Bank

Oadby Trinity Methodist Church, Harborough Road. LE2 4LA.

Telephone Number: 07723 121794


Leicestershire Lightbulb service

The Lightbulb service helps support the residents of Leicestershire to remain safe and well in their own homes. Lightbulb brings together, a range of support such as aids and adaptations, energy advice, home safety, home improvements and support with the transition from hospital to home.

You can find lots more information on the Lightbulb service website

Financial support & food and fuel payments

Please visit our specialised financial support page for more information on this.

Maternity grant

Expecting parents may be eligible to receive a £500 grant as they plan for the birth of their child. More details are on the Government website.

Last updated: Monday, 30 October 2023 8:54 am