Nearly £900,000 was provided to families as part of the School Essentials Grant from GroceryAid.

Under the scheme, eligible parents receive £150 per school-aged child up to a maximum of three children per household. This year, a total of £888,900 was granted to families in need this year, a 36% increase compared to last year’s School Essentials Grant, enabling 5,926 children to return to school with the correct uniform and equipment.

Mandi Leonard, welfare director at GroceryAid said: “This year’s School Essentials Grant has been the largest fund awarded since it launched four years ago. We are delighted to be able to help so many more families at a time when they need it the most.”

Those working in the retail industry and experiencing financial difficulties can still apply for a GroceryAid Cost of Living Grant, if they have been employed in the sector for at least six months and meet eligibility criteria. For more information about financial grants from GroceryAid, visit its website.