Since 2008, the demand for welfare and debt advice has increased by over 50%. In this time, charities have lost over £3.8 billion in grant funding from the UK government. With few resources left to provide skills training and educational support to individuals in financial difficulty, we have designed a community empowerment workshop series to support the work of advice centres and enable local residents to manage their financial needs and avoid long-term hardship.
The workshops are designed to help individuals identify financial problems, confront fears around debt, develop person-specific approaches to financial planning and communicate both financial and personal needs effectively to creditors and other decision-makers.
During the workshops, participants will get an introduction to budget management tools, receive one-to-one coaching and develop person-specific action plans.
We are fund-raising for £1000 to run a full-day pilot workshop for 20 participants. This will cover the basic set-up and running costs including:
- Space hire
- Stationary supplies
- Printing costs
- Marketing and outreach
- £15 per participant (£5 towards travel costs/£10 towards the development of personal spending plans)
Any further funds raised will go towards future workshops.
Thank you for your support!
Emma & Andrea
Emma Lough is a trained lawyer and experienced trainer in welfare and social security law. She has worked previously as a caseworker in a debt advice organisation and project managed an advice and advocacy project to support migrant women in UK prisons. She has a ‘Train the Trainer’ qualification and has wide experience in delivering community-based workshops.
Andrea Ferdinand is a qualified social worker by profession with experience working in local government and the voluntary sector in the US and UK. Andrea has worked in community development in the US and has travelled abroad for leadership exchanges in non-profit management. She has experience in facilitating community-based workshops on various social justice topics.