Residents from the Barne Barton area of Plymouth are being offered financial support through a local money advice initiative.
Barne Barton Money Advice is being rolled out to residents from the Barne Barton estate and wider St Budeaux community as the country starts to move out of lockdown.
The Sanctuary Housing funded project will offer information, advice and guidance to residents, particularly those affected by hardship through the Covid-19 crisis, on a range of financial matters including managing utility bills, securing benefits and maximising their income.
Further support will be provided through resettlement work for new residents looking to set up a new home and Sanctuary residents having difficulty managing their tenancies.
Residents will also be signposted to other Homemaker Southwest external projects for specialist support around benefit appeals and debts.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “We may be starting to return to a more normal way of life from the Covid-19 pandemic, but we are aware of the impact the last year has had on our communities.
“Supporting residents to manage their money and access relevant support services is so important, and this project will help local people take control of their finances and plan for their futures.”
Residents can find out more by speaking to their local housing officer or STAR residents’ association.