We want to reduce the stress and anxiety felt by families across the Isle of Wight when they face a crisis or when problems with money have built up over time. Please support us.
Most of the daily client issues our brilliant volunteer or staff advisers deal with involve money worries. It might be about paying rent, council tax and other important bills or just not having enough money to feed a family.
We know where help is and where to get the best information to suit each person's circumstances. Unfortunately we don't always get to hear about problems until someone has spent a lot of time worrying about their situation which will effect their health, those around them and sometimes leads to awful suicidal thoughts.
We want to be present in more venues across the Island so we are easier to find when problems first start. We know that not everyone can access the internet or, if they can, find it hard to navigate often complicated forms that need completing to get support. Face to face advice is the most effective method to ease someone's anxiety but we don't have enough staff and volunteers to fill that gap.
This funding will support a new Isle of Wight based member of staff to be trained in debt work ( you need all sorts of qualifications to be able to properly comply with rules on giving debt advice) and that new member of staff will support our current and new volunteers plus a new group of Advice First Aiders who will be key across the Island ensuring that people they meet with financial worries get in touch with us as quickly as possible. This means more help and advice where it is needed most.
Thank you for considering us.