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Making the most of your money

Peer mentor Hedviga Halkova
Southwark residents can benefit from the experience of peer advisors

12 July 2013

Two new services aimed at helping Southwark residents struggling with personal finance and money management issues will be running at the Employment Academy throughout the summer.

The Thames Reach Money Savvy Southwark workshops and Financial Support Service help a range of individuals to make the most of their money, including young people, those in and out of work, and people living in supported housing.

A number of other organisations including Southwark Citizens Advice Bureau are also running sessions as part of the Money Savvy Southwark partnership which is backed by Southwark Council and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Meanwhile, the Thames Reach Financial Support Service offers one-to-one financial advice and guidance with a peer advisor, someone who has experienced money management difficulties in the past themselves.

Lisa Hallam, lead worker for Thames Reach’s employment and resettlement team said: “The Thames Reach Money Savvy Southwark workshops and Financial Support service are already helping some of Southwark’s most financially vulnerable men and women to avoid and manage serious debt and tackle personal financial issues. There are spaces available for anyone interested in attending the workshops and one-to-one sessions and they’re open to anyone.”

The Money Savvy Southwark workshops run every Friday morning throughout the summer between 10am – 12.30pm while the one-to-one Financial Support Service runs on Friday afternoons from 1-4pm, both at the Employment Academy, 29 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UA. For more information please call Thames Reach’s employment and resettlement team on 0203 617 6070 or email ERhelpdesk@thamesreach.org.uk