To qualify for financial help from ABS you would be expected to claim any welfare benefit support you are entitled to. Financial support from ABS is intended to be in addition to state support, rather than replace it. Any regular financial support from a charity is disregarded for the purposes of means tested benefits, so any such help would not affect your state benefit entitlement.
It is likely that if you have recently become unemployed but are fit to work you would need to apply for either ‘new style’ (i.e. contribution based) Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and/or Universal Credit (UC).
When applying for Universal Credit there is a five-week period when, even if entitled to help, you will not get any financial support. Your claim starts from the date you first apply. If you can afford to wait, it sometimes makes sense to apply after you have received your final salary, as this income will affect your initial benefit payment. ABS can look at helping financially whilst you wait for an award to be made, if needed.
If you are thinking of applying for Universal Credit as a self-employed person, we would recommend that you speak to one of our Welfare Officers first as the way this benefit works for self-employed people is different.