Helping to make money count

Making Money Count conference at Wisbech's Boathouse. ANL-140418-110938001
Making Money Count conference at Wisbech's Boathouse. ANL-140418-110938001

More than 100 people and volunteers from across Cambridgeshire met last week to improve the network of support and money advice on offer for local people.

Housing association workers, volunteers, employment advisors and health workers from organisations including Circle Housing Mole Valley, Job Centre Plus, Fenland District Council and the Citizen’s Advice Bureau met for the conference held in Wisbech’s Boathouse.

They were brought together to share an understanding of the money issues facing local people and the help available.

It forms part of Making Money Count – a five year scheme to give help for people across Fenland struggling to manage their money. Support provided by the £1m project includes face-to-face advice on budgeting and laptop learning for social housing residents.

Christopher Smith, Circle Housing’s Regional Operations Director, said: “Making Money Count aims to get people the support to effectively manage their finances as early as possible.

“As the largest social housing provider in Fenland, we’re proud to be working alongside other local organisations to provide this help. It means that we can direct our customers to the advice and services on offer throughout our district.”

Making Money Count is funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Improving Financial Confidence’ programme. It is being delivered by Circle Housing Roddons, FDC, Rural Cambs CAB and CHS Group.