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New Employment Academy scheme seeks peer advisors

The Employment Academy building at 29 Peckham road

05 April 2013

The innovative new Financial Support Service that has been set up at the Thames Reach Employment Academy is seeking volunteers to act as peer advisors to Southwark residents struggling with financial problems.

This free service will help vulnerable people manage their finances more effectively, providing them with an understanding of changes to benefits, support with budgeting, managing debt, accessing and utilising personal budgets, IT skills development  and financial preparation for moving into work.

The peer advisors can share their own experiences and provide insights into how to best manage personal finances.

Full training and support will be available for volunteers and the scheme offers people the ideal opportunity to develop new skills and gain valuable work experience.

The volunteer peer advisors are expected to commit to a minimum of working ­two days a week over three months.

The new Financial Support Service is run by Thames Reach and funded by Southwark Council through their Southwark Innovation Fund.

Thames Reach’s Employment and Resettlement Area Manager Monica Geraghty said: “This is a great opportunity for people who may have struggled with financial difficulties in the past to help people going through similar experiences now. We’re really pleased that Southwark Council are backing this exciting new service that will help some of the borough’s most vulnerable men and women.”     

For more information on either the peer advisor volunteer roles or the new Financial Support Service, please contact Thames Reach’s Employment & Resettlement Team on 020 7062 0549 or email ERHelpdesk@thamesreach.org.uk