Local charity, Surrey Community Action is taking its successful Money Matters advice service on the road.
Money Matters offers information and advice, usually in community settings but more recently over the phone and via online video, to make day to day budgeting easier to understand and money go further for people on low incomes.
Now thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, Surrey Community Action is opening pop-up cafes in various locations across Surrey, where people will be able to benefit from free advice over a cup of coffee.
Advice on offer is wide ranging and includes money saving tips on food and household bills, help to switch energy suppliers and apply for the Warmer Home Discount Scheme or other charitable grants, debt signposting, scam awareness, budgeting activities and registering for the Priority Service Register.
Cafes will be located outside community centres, on high streets and near leisure facilities from Tuesday 1 September, and aim to be a preventative measure in local communities to support people before financial issues escalate.
Dates and locations are:
Tuesday 20th October 10.00am – 3.00pm – Park Street, Camberley
Wednesday 28th October 11.00am – 3.00pm – Staines High Street
Thursday 26th November 10.00am – 3.00pm – Park Street, Camberley
Friday 27th November 11.00am – 3.00pm – Sunbury High Street
Although the pop-up cafes are open to anyone in need, we are particularly interested in reaching people on low incomes, families with young children, older and vulnerable people and those with health issues.
David Carter, Surrey Community Action’s Warmth Matters Co-ordinator said: “We know that the pandemic has made finances precarious for some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in Surrey. National Lottery players have enabled us to make our service even more accessible and reach more people to help them to be resilient when facing tough times.”
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