Swanswell launches new money advice service to help clients get back on track

09 October 2013

People using Swanswell’s services in Birmingham and struggling with debt or money issues can get more help, thanks to a new project supported by Severn Trent Trust Fund.

Swanswell, a national recovery charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, has just launched a new money advice service for clients affected by substance misuse in the city.

It’s been introduced to help people affected by problem alcohol and drug use who are struggling with debt or money issues, and may have been affected by the government’s recent welfare reforms.

The project will run alongside Swanswell’s existing Supporting People service, giving advice around debts and budgeting, negotiating with creditors, setting up repayment plans and applying for grants to help improve chances of returning to independent living.

Advice and support will be given on a one-to-one basis by a specially trained Swanswell worker, thanks to support from Severn Trent Trust Fund, through appointments or over the phone by calling 0121 233 7400.

David Lewis, Swanswell’s Regional Development Manager in Birmingham, said: ‘Problem alcohol and drug use can impact people in a number of ways – not just their health but also their day-to-day life including work, relationships and money.

Some of the people using our services have been particularly affected by the recent welfare reforms, so we felt it was really important to offer more support around managing debts and budgeting.

Swanswell’s new money advice service is designed to give people the skills to get back in control of their finances, helping to increase the chance of a full and sustained recovery and return to independent living.’

Stuart Braley, CEO of Auriga services, the administrators of Severn Trent Trust Fund, said: ‘We understand that the tough economic times and worries about money can have a negative affect on people’s lives, so we’re pleased to be able to support Swanswell’s new money advice service.

Ultimately, it’ll help people take control of their finances and improve their lives for the better.’

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