Struggling families urged to seek support

By Tim Clarke Monday 19 November 2012 Updated: 20/11 16:14

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PEOPLE battling to regain control of their finances are being urged not to suffer in silence and seek support from a new drop-in money advice service.

Two Pennies Money Advice is offering free help to families and individuals in the Warndon area who are struggling to manage their money through a series of Thursday afternoon sessions at Warndon Youth and Community Centre on Shap Drive.

People can seek confidential help from the charity on dealing with debts and other money difficulties as well as advice on benefit checks and how to draw up an effective household budget.

The sessions aim to provide an early intervention before people's finances spiral out of control.

The charity already runs a number of money management courses but it hopes the relaxed nature of the drop-ins will encourage more people to seek support as they face up to the added financial pressures of Christmas.

Neal Murphy, the charity's community engagement manager, said: "The drop-in service is very much about helping people before their money worries get on top of them."

"It's a great place to come and have a chat and it might be that we have a fairly painless suggestion that will help people regain control of their finances."

"We know from experience that quite often if we had met people a lot earlier the solution would have been easier. But many people don't tend to call for help the minute they are in trouble and instead they try and sort things themselves."

"That's human nature but once people start talking it through it makes things easier and people start to feel unburdened."

The project has received support from Worcester Community Trust, Community First as well as Warndon city and county councillor Alan Amos who has given the charity a slice of his divisional fund to help finance the sessions.

He said: "I have come across a number of cases where people are facing serious financial hardship and difficulties but are wary about coming forward and seeking help. The good thing with this project is that it takes people on at the beginning of the process and sees them right through to the end. They are very trustworthy and I think they are providing a vital service."

The sessions take place every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm and for more information call 01905 27001.

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