Bay residents can take control of their finances as two projects are relaunched during Talk Money Week 2018.
As part of the programme, a dedicated welfare adviser is offering one-to-one assessments and information sessions at locations across Torbay. Residents will be given expert advice tailored to their individual needs around benefits and maximising income.
In addition, residents accessing the service can be signposted to other financial services which can offer support.
Residents can refer themselves to the service through the Clear Benefits webpage or by phoning 01803 456019. For more information, they can call the same number or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary has also come together with regional charity Homemaker Southwest, whose staff will work with new Sanctuary residents on maintaining their tenancies and setting up their homes.
Assistance available will include managing utility bills and creating a rent account, as well as sourcing furniture. Those in need of extra support around debt and benefits issues can be directed to other Homemaker Southwest services which offer specialist help.
People offered a home with Sanctuary can be referred to the service through housing or income staff. Alternatively, residents can self-refer by calling 01392 686752 or by emailing email@example.com.
Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, Lynne Roberts, said: “Talk Money Week – with its focus on encouraging people to have honest conversations about money – has given us an ideal opportunity to highlight these two projects that provide essential support to Torbay residents.
“The hope is that these projects will be able to give a boost to our residents’ money management skills in the run-up to Christmas and the new year.”
Talk Money Week 2018 runs from 12-18 November and is an annual celebration of the work done by organisations around the country to improve money management.
These projects are funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.