One-to-one debt support is now available to hundreds of people free of chargeafter a successful advice service received a funding boost.
The Money Matters project, which helps people take control of their finances, has secured a two-year grant extension from the Big Lottery after initial funding for three years.
The service is run by Doncaster West Development Trust (DWDT) which has established more than 40 money advice groups that meet at venues across the borough. People attending the sessions can pick up practical tips about spending, saving and budgeting and get useful information about low-cost credit and dealing with debt.
The continued funding has provided an opportunity to expand services to include personal debt advice after DWDT support workers identified a “desperate need” across the borough. All adults living in Doncaster are eligible to use the
confidential service whatever their circumstances.
Trust chief executive Marisa Graziano said the one-to-one element would be hugely beneficial to anyone facing debt. “Unemployment, health issues, doorstep lenders and many other factors play a part in plunging people into debt and the effects are devastating for those involved,” she explained. “This service tackles individual problems, relieves a lot of the stress that people suffer and improves their ability to manage money in the future.
“We have supported more than 2,100 people since the project began and we now have the chance to support many more,” she added.
DWDT Support staff are already counselling an average of 15 people a month with serious debt problems. They can address numerous issues, negotiate with creditors and give up-to-date benefits advice, all of which alleviate the fear and anxiety caused by money problems.
Staff work on an outreach basis and meet people at community venues all over Doncaster so their support is easy to access.
To contact a member of the Money Matters team, telephone DWDT on 01709 866466.