Million pound scheme to help people manage money launched in Fenland

The New Horizons Bus, which will tour Fenland

The New Horizons Bus, which will tour Fenland - Credit: Archant

A ONE million pound project designed to help people manage their money was launched yesterday.

The five year scheme, funded through the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Improving Financial Confidence’ programme, will support people in Fenland who are struggling to find the right help and services.

The scheme will be delivered by Roddons Housing Association, Fenland District Council, Rural Cambs CAB and CHS Group.

Fenland District Council’s New Horizons bus will tour towns and villages bringing a range of tips on themes including eating on a budget, where to find the best discounts and stocking up your store cupboard.

Rural Cambs CAB is looking to recruit volunteers to train as ‘Money Mates’ who will share ideas on making the most of your money and staff the bus.

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They will also give advice on budgeting, banking, borrowing and saving.

Roddons and CHS Group will provide social housing tenants with one-to-one personal support at home to help them manage their money, get online and find advice around work, volunteering and training.

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Jenny Hodson, managing director at Roddons, said: “This brilliant project will help social housing customers gain the right money management skills to help overcome challenges such as unemployment, limited internet access, rural isolation and uneven access to services.”

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