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Newground Together helps vulnerable women get MoneyFit

Newground Together helps vulnerable women get MoneyFit

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A project that helps vulnerable women tackle financial difficulty has received a £17,000 funding boost from Newground Together.

The MoneyFit project, run by the Lancashire Women’s Centres, offers money management and debt advice to women in the county to allow them access to mainstream services to lift them out of poverty in Accrington, Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Nelson and Preston.

The organisation has helped over 700 people in the last 12 months with Money, debt and benefits advice and put over £800,000 back into the pockets of the people in Lancashire through grants, debt write-offs, correct benefit claims, appeals and specialist tariffs.

They’ve helped vulnerable women to increase their skills in money management and budgeting, increasing their financial literacy and enabling them to maximise their income, this was successful showing that of the 132 sampled in follows up interviews this year that 88% indicated they have improved money skills since working with the Money advisors at Lancashire Women’s Centres.

Peter Jordan, Communities Director at Newground, said the grant will help develop the much needed work established by the project.

He said: “The people who have used the service in the past have reported lower levels of debt and stress while improving their budgeting skills and financial awareness.

“The increase in financial independence will then have an impact on their family and the wider community, so it was a pleasure to be able to offer grant funding to a hugely beneficial project.”

Liz Islam, Business Development Manager, added: “This grant will make a great difference to the work of Lancashire Women’s Centres, enabling us to support more women who are living in poverty or struggling to navigate the benefits system. 

“Providing this type of one-to-one support can help women improve their family income - which can have much wider impact in areas such as mental health, wellbeing, confidence and reducing vulnerability.

“We wouldn’t be able to provide this support without the grant from Newground and it forms a vital part of our One Stop Shop Service”

If you think you could benefit from these services please contact 01254 871771 or visit www.womenscentre.org

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Jason is the Together Housing Group's Public Relations Officer (West)