KAG is a not-for-profit charity that helps vulnerable people have a say in decisions that affect them and how they live their lives. We do this by providing independent advocacy support at no direct cost to individuals. Advocacy is provided by our specialist employed staff and trained volunteers.
Everything we do is governed by our core beliefs of social justice, self-determination and commitment to the individual. We listen to our clients, understand their needs, ensure they are aware of their rights and provide relevant information. Then, we support them in speaking up for themselves or, where this is not possible, We then support them.
KAG Advocacy was established in 1988.
The ethos of our organisation and aim for this project is to enable people to improve their mental health and well-being in order that their quality of life is increased. As an organisation we believ that everyone should be able to live their life and prosper .
Money Buddy is a project to help vulnerable people with budgeting and finances to enable people to become more financially competent and have a better quality of life as well as protect them from other crisis that poor money management causes such as homelessness.
The project aims to give people the tools to become more financially competent. The project workers will help vulnerable people with numeracy skills, assist with understanding of reading a bank statement, budgeting, ensuring a person is in receipt of the correct benefits, assistance to set up direct debits and standing orders as a tool for budgeting.
KAG supports nearly a 1000 people a year and the majority of these people are reliant on benefits and are therefore vulnerable due to their circumstances and poverty status. To become financially competent would enhance the person’s quality of life and well-being as they would feel more in control of their finances and then their life. The skills that the project would be able to provide to the beneficiary would mean that they would be equipped to manage and understand their money in the future enabling them to have confidence and self esteem all of which improves their mental health.