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Hundreds of Bay residents get money smart

4 August 2016

Hundreds of Torbay residents have benefited from the free support available through the Hele’s Angels financial inclusion project.

270 people helped

A £6,000 donation from Sanctuary Housing saw the establishment of the initiative in summer 2015, aimed at helping people access bespoke money management advice. So far, more than 270 local residents have been assisted by the financial support offered by trained volunteers.

All ages

With residents of all ages visiting the service for advice, from school-leavers to the retired, the Hele’s Angels volunteers also signpost people to local agencies which can offer more support.

Further funding award from Sanctuary

A further £3,000 funding award from Sanctuary this year will see the initiative continue for a further 12 months. In addition, project advisers are working to link clients up with other support services offered by Hele’s Angels that they may benefit from, such as applying for jobs and help with housing needs.

“A fantastic success”

Steven Gratton from Hele’s Angels said: “What a fantastic success the financial inclusion project has turned out to be. The numbers speak for themselves and we’re all so pleased we can provide this essential support service to Torbay’s residents, thanks to Sanctuary’s generous donations.

“The project has also enabled us to offer volunteering opportunities to community members who have come in to use the service, meaning they have also been able to build up important skills for future employment.”

Achieving aims

Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, added: “One of our main aims is to make sure that all our residents are able to access financial support services, and this project goes a long way towards helping us to achieve that.”

Come along

All residents in Hele, Barton and Watcombe are welcome to come along for money advice from the Hele’s Angels volunteers. An appointment should be made by calling 01803 312808, with the sessions taking place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am-5pm at the Hele’s Angels office, 67 Hele Road, Torquay TQ2 7PR.

This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.


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