Better Off North Ayrshire supports over 2000 local people
Posted on 7 Jun 2019
Better Off North Ayrshire has helped 2407 local people to be better off by saving them an incredible total of £1.8m.
The three year Council led programme was launched in March 2017 to offer financial support to help residents make the most of their money.
North Ayrshire Council was selected as one of five areas in Scotland to receive funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund to deliver the financial support programme.
The programme is delivered through local community based organisations and has helped people with reducing and managing debts, budgeting, writing off energy debts through access to energy grants, maximising their income and to start to build up savings.
Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, said: “It’s good to see the difference that this project is making to local people’s household income.
“Low income is an issue that affects too many people in North Ayrshire. The programme team gets to the heart of the challenges people face and provides support to improve people’s finances and reduce the risk of future financial crises. The project was set up to make a tangible difference and partners are clearly delivering.
“The customer satisfaction sits at 95 per cent in recognition of the service provided to people who are often in great need – this is an incredible achievement."
Better Off helps North Ayrshire residents aged 16-plus, who are lone parents or living in low income or non-working households, to improve their financial circumstances through a package of financial services.
A Better Off North Ayrshire client, said: “Since registering for Better Off North Ayrshire, my income has increased significantly, I now have some savings that I am able to use for emergencies and feel less worried about getting into debt in the future. Getting out and about will be easier as I can now afford transport to appointments and this will help my confidence also.”
As well as the Council, Better Off North Ayrshire partners include Community Housing Advocacy Project (CHAP), ANCHO Housing Association, Cunninghame Housing Association and 1st Alliance Credit Union.
The funding for Better Off North Ayrshire ends early in 2020 and as a result, services will not be able to take any new referrals from the end of September this year. So the message is clear – if you want help with financial issues please get in touch as soon as is possible.
Residents can arrange an appointment to discuss their issues by calling 01294 475 629 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Online support is available at northayrshire.betteroff.org.uk