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Help is at hand for low income families

HELP is at hand for families living on low incomes in the borough as a new workshop has been set up in Chelmsley Wood.

HELP is at hand for families living on low incomes in the borough as a new workshop has been set up in Chelmsley Wood.

The cost of living is soaring day by day and low-earning families are struggling to survive.

But expert advice will be available next month to help those families better manage their money.

A £1.8m partnership between leading children's charity NCH and Barclays has helped set up the 'Financial Futures' workshop which will be based at Chelmsley Wood Children's Centre.

Barclays staff will volunteer at the project, using their financial knowledge to help around 40 families with their finances, covering topics including budgeting, getting the best deal on utilities and working out benefit entitlement.

Linda Davies, NCH Chelmsley Wood Children's Centre Co-ordinator, said:

"With this partnership we hope to make financial advice accessible and advisors approachable, giving our families the confidence and knowledge to manage their money better and improve their own and their children's financial futures."

MP Caroline Spelman also felt the scheme was a fantastic idea.

"This partnership is an excellent example of how charities and corporate companies can work together to really make a difference to people's lives, and by joining together they have a lot to offer Solihull families."

NCH Chelmsely Wood Children's Centre offers an array of services at the centre including play sessions, outreach support to families in their own homes, and access to training and employment.

The weekly workshops for parents with children aged up to five years old will start on Monday October 6 and run for six weeks.

Parents must phone the centre on 0121 779 7624 to pre-book.

 

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