£25,325 was awarded to Advising Communities. £20,325 was awarded to employ a part-time Debt Caseworker to provide specialist casework and support to indebted Universal Credit (UC) claimants in Lambeth. This would tie in to and complement Advising Communities existing Universal Support service within Lambeth (funded by Lambeth Council), which assists people with their UC claims and support them in developing digital and personal budgeting skills. A further £5,000 was approved to support action-research by Advising Communities on the impact of the roll out of UC in Lambeth over 2018/19. This would link in with £5,000 already approved by United St Saviours Charity for research in Southwark.
£74,900 over three years to Citizens Advice Merton and Lambeth for their Advice for Lambeth project. This grants will fund a part time Advice Supervisor to supervise, and be involved in the training of, volunteer assessors and advisers who will provide face-to-face advice in predominantly debt and benefits matters from CAML's Streatham Hill office. Typically 75% of clients will have one advice session (which may also have some follow up email/telephone support) and 25% will receive a casework service which involves, on average, 3 face-to-face meetings plus telephone/email follow-up.
£45,000 over three years to Oasis Community Hub Waterloo. This will part-fund a full-time Advice Centre Co-ordinator to assist debt clients, oversee stock management of the Waterloo Foodbank, build relationships with partner organisations including the Trussell Trust, Community Money Advice and Tesco and manage and recruit the volunteers for both the debt counselling and Foodbank. The post holder will also launch a 'money management' programme.
£75,000 over three years to The Baytree Centre for its PEACH Plus project. Baytree is a well established local organisation with a focus on supporting women and girls. This project has evolved from Baytree's 8-year PEACH project. As well as providing academic and soft-skill mentoring of girls using a team of regular volunteers, the project will now also provide support to the mothers in order to improve their financial and emotional resilience.
£66,000 over three years has been awarded to West London Mission. It allows them to appoint a Lead Money Champion at St Luke’s Hub. This post will add additional capacity to enable additional key-worker support where advice/signposting by itself is insufficient. S/he will offer 1-1 support appointments (typically over a 3-6 month period) to people referred by the wider network of Lambeth Money Champions (volunteers trained to have initial conversations with people about their money worries, offering useful tips and signposting to the help and professional advice they might need). S/he will also facilitate a weekly peer support group.
We have awarded £75,000 over three years to Stockwell Partnership for their Lambeth Migrant Debt and Employment project. This grant responds to rising demand from Spanish and Italian speakers by expanding the remit of the current Portuguese Advice Project to provide debt and budgeting advice to 48 low income residents and employment advice and training to 12 NEET young people aged under 30 each year.
£23,315 over one year was awarded to Evolve Housing for their new Money Mapping Programme. This project will work with 75 homeless young people and young parents to improve their budgeting, money management skills and debt management. This will be done through a mixture of courses and one-to-one mentoring. It will be based at King George's House in Stockwell (supported temporary housing for vulnerable young people).
A grant of £60,000 over three years to Thames Reach for a comprehensive peer-to-peer support programme to enable vulnerable Lambeth residents to prepare for and manage the Government's welfare cuts.
A grant of £60,000 over three years to fund debt and budgeting advice to 120 low income Portuguese speaking Lambeth residents and employment advice and training to 30 Portuguese speaking NEET Lambeth young people...
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