Local charity, Southern Domestic Abuse Service or SDAS for short, run refuge accommodation offering support and temporary accommodation to women and children escaping domestic abuse. They also offer outreach services to women, children, young people and men not staying in a refuge but still in need of advice, support and information.
Citizens Advice Havant have been helping with financial capability sessions as part of their initiative known as the ‘Work Out Your Money’ project.
Set up by Jon Stuart, CEO, and funded by the Big Lottery, these sessions have been running within the Havant, Hayling Island and the Waterlooville community since 2015.
The sessions aim to help with useful life skills such as household budgeting, money saving tips, energy saving tips and a host of ways to be financially aware.
Feedback from participants includes: “This has had a positive impact on my life”;
“A very enjoyable course”;
“I have learnt how to save money on bills” . A spokesperson at Southern Domestic Abuse Service said: "These were just a few of the comments received from our clients after the How To Manage Your Money Workshop. This workshop has been invaluable to our clients and has provided them with the skills and confidence to “work out their money” when they move on. The clients have found it to be both enjoyable and informative and we are looking forward to the next workshop.”
In the recent months the Work Out Your Money team have also run sessions with adult learners at Community First, Havant College, Southern Health, Queen Alexandra Hospital and local Home-Start Centres.
In addition, we have worked with youth groups and local schools.
If your community group would like to benefit from this, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 023 9247 6013.
Thank you - Lynnette Meredith, Money Skills Mentor, visit: workoutyourmoney.com