Talking Money's 30th Birthday Appeal
Why we need your help
Talking Money turned 30 in February. As austerity continued to bite we saw client numbers continue to rise, a trend largely driven by the complexities of welfare reform, the prevalence of crippling zero hour contracts and the existence of a minimum wage that cannot be considered a living wage.
In this last week, the Coronavirus crisis has created a huge challenge for our community and Talking Money has already seen demand begin to increase as a result of the outbreak and this is expected to continue as more people in Bristol move into financial distress and hardship as their circumstances change and they have less income.
Since the government guidance on 16 March 2020, Talking Money moved quickly to offering services to new and existing clients by way of telephone and video-calling service (Skype, Teams, Facetime etc.). This is to try to allow for access to services for those most at financial risk during the outbreak as well as protecting staff who would be at risk on the front line.
Talking Money’s Money Advice Project will provide Bristol residents with essential money advice services including information and support through the coronavirus outbreak period. Talking Money’s Money Advice Caseworkers will help disadvantaged individuals and their families who are experiencing poverty and hardship to manage their finances; negotiate affordable debt repayment plans; navigate the complicated benefits system; access the benefits they need and challenge incorrect recovery decisions. The Money Advice Caseworkers will also help people access desperately needed food (through the distribution of food bank vouchers) and cheaper fuel and water tariffs.
Talking Money is doing the best it can to continue to deliver a comprehensive service for new and existing clients in what are unprecedented circumstances that are evolving for both demands, adviser ability and technology. Innovation is born out of adversity and we as an organisation are supporting some of Bristol’s most vulnerable communities intended to follow this mantra to ensure we can continue to deliver impactful services through this period.
In 1990, we began as an organisation established to support marginalised people following the financial crisis of the 1980s. As we enter our 30th anniversary year, we remain, staggeringly, as relevant today now even more so. Our brilliant staff are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the people who come to us for help but we need your support to raise £30,0000 to keep our services in the community during the crisis this year.
As we enter into this new decade, please donate so we can fund the essential money advice services we know to be integral to securing the financial stability of the individuals and families we serve.
All donations, no matter how big or small make a difference to how we can run our services. Thank you!
raised towards £30,000.00 target
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £80.00
Raised offline £80.00