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Bolton's Money Skills News Bulletin: What's New - September 2017
Welcome to the latest addition of the Money Skills newsletter.
As always if you or someone you know would like free, independent and confidential advice on budgeting or managing debts, Money Skills are here to help! Our number is 01204 33 1968 or email us using firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Young Peoples project began in October 14, with the aim of reducing the risk of young people experiencing financial difficulty in the future by increasing their financial capability. Dionne’s work in primary schools; group sessions and one to one appointments were extremely well received as were the more recent sessions held in local High Schools. The children loved Dionne and we’re sure benefitted massively from the guidance she gave them. The Money Skills team wish Dionne the best of luck in her new role at Bolton At Home.
After ten years of sterling service in Money Advice, Alison Dyson has finally unplugged her calculator. Having seen many changes and experienced many challenges, Alison leaves a legacy of a dedicated and professional Money Advice team. Money Skills wishes Alison all the best in her forthcoming leisure pursuits and spending more time with her grandchildren.
We have also welcomed Gerry who joined the service in December 16. Gerry is covering the Service Support Officer role and also working very closely with Jayne over at Furniture 4 You.
This will complement the existing range of white goods and televisions supplied by Paul Davies and carpets from Bolton Carpet Warehouse.
The new range can be viewed at The Square, 53-55 Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RZ, which is open Monday to Friday, between 09:30am and 4:00 pm.
Drop in and speak to Jayne or Gerry, and find out what F4U has to offer and how it can help you, if you can’t find what you want on display we can access our suppliers’ extensive range of goods, in order to satisfy your needs. Alternatively you can call on 01204 368599.
F4U is currently offering free delivery, installation and removal of existing appliances on all white goods on display, there will however be a charge for installing gas cookers.
F4U was established in 2015 under Bolton Council’s anti-poverty initiative, providing an alternative to high street weekly payment store allowing Bolton residents to purchase furniture and white goods either by one-off cash or card payment or on favourable weekly credit terms.
F4U are currently working very closely with Money Skills as the two services share common aims and objectives in alleviating poverty issues in the Bolton area.
The Square is shared by partner organisations, F4U, Age UK, Hoot Credit Union, and Salvation Army Housing Association.
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We have recently saved a Bolton resident £600 per year on their gas and electric bills. Come and see us to see how much we can save you.
We work with local people to help them take control of their finances. To refer a client for money advice, budgeting support or help with finding the best deal for gas and electricity, please call or email us
PERSONAL BUDGETING SUPPORT
If anyone wishes to refer a UC customer for debt and/or budgeting advice they can do so by ringing 01204 332916 or emailing email@example.com.
MONEY SKILLS VOLUNTEERS
We have six Money Mentors volunteering with our organisation who give their valuable time and expertise to complement the service provided by Money Skills.
We have three long standing and three recently recruited Money Mentors.
Peter, Francis and Sarbori are based at the Town Hall and carry out budgeting and energy guidance appointments. They also provide admin support, helping the Money Advice team to run the drop-in session more effectively.
John, who has joined us recently, conducts a weekly session at Storehouse on Tuesday mornings. David covers Bridge Café in Bolton on weekly basis and a drop in session at Horwich library on a fortnightly basis.
We would not be able to offer the service we do without the commitment and dedication from our great team of volunteers and a big thank you to all volunteers for giving their most precious time and talent to Money Skills Service.
The session was a success and on the feedback forms completed at the end of the training, 92% of attendees answered yes to the question “Did the session meet your expectations?” and 100% said yes to the question “Do you think the session with benefit you or your customers in the future? Comments included “Good session, very informative” and “Very useful training”.
If you belong to front facing team, working in the Bolton area and feel that you and your colleagues might benefit from this training, please give us a call on 01204 332916. To see how we might help. Please be aware that minimum numbers apply.