Sick Of Being Skint project launched
Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Communities and also in Education, Health
CASH-strapped Calderdale youngsters are to be given a helping hand thanks to the launch of Pennine Housing 2000’s ‘Sick of Being Skint’ (SOBS) project.
After being awarded £600,000 in Lottery Funding over three years, the project is aimed at improving the financial confidence in people under the age of 24.
Four dedicated project workers will work with young people over the next 12 months to teach them budgeting skills they’ll need for the future.
And with the introduction of the bedroom tax, the skills they learn could be crucial to help them cope with these changes.
The project will:
• Provide 1-to-1 affordability checks when young people first register for social housing, updated at the time of taking up a tenancy and support once they are in a property.
• Offer financial capability training to prospective young tenants before tenancies start and in some targeted local schools.
• Deliver a year-round programme of road-show events taking practical money advice and workshops (e.g. cooking on a budget; furnishing a flat) into estates with a high proportion of young tenants – particularly in rural areas.
• Support young tenants in sharing information and advice with their peers on a range of money matters, through a dedicated broadcast channel accessed via YouTube and social media; The SOBS Channel will be lead by a local production company ‘Limehouse TV’ who will also train young tenants to film interviews, edit and upload content.
• Put young tenants in contact where appropriate with specialist money/debt advisors.
Janette Pearce, Head of Pennine Housing, said: “In these times of financial uncertainty, any help we can give to help people manage their money more effectively has got to be a good thing.
“This funding we have received will be used to educate young people and give them skills for life, which they will hopefully pass on to the next generation.”
The partners also include Calderdale Council, Calderdale CAB, Project Challenge, Limehouse TV, Barclays Money Skills ‘champions’ project, Money Advice Services Face to Face Debt Advice Project, Positive Futures Calderdale and Calderdale’s NEET Strategy Group.