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Direct debit donation from Two Rivers help fund local advice service

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The One Place volunteers with Emma Watkins of Two Rivers and volunteer vice chair, Jean Birkett The One Place volunteers with Emma Watkins of Two Rivers and volunteer vice chair, Jean Birkett

A Forest of Dean community advice charity run by volunteers has had a boost thanks to Two Rivers Housing’s tenants paying their rent by direct debit.

The One Place, based at the Forest Community Church in Cinderford, will use the extra £100 to help them maintain their one-stop advice service for local people.

The One Place provides vital support and advice for anyone who is depressed, has money worries, housing or personal problems.

Two Rivers tenant and One Place volunteer Helen Berry said there was a real link between tenants paying by direct debit and the support the One Place gives to local people in need.

“For every Two Rivers tenant who pays their rent by direct debit the community homes organisation puts 50p into its charity pot. That’s where The One Place’s £100 comes from.

“Not for profit Two Rivers is all about providing local people with quality homes they can afford. The One Place is helping people manage through the difficult times in their lives. Our work is complementary. We are both caring organisations.

“I volunteer with my husband Simon on a regular basis as we know how important it is to get the right advice and support from people who care,” she said.

Two Rivers finance co-ordinator Karen Beard said it was more important than ever that tenants get banks accounts sorted and set up a direct debit for their rent payments.

“Its not just that it’s quicker, safer and easier to pay by direct debit, but there are major changes coming through from Government that will put even more pressure on the most vulnerable in our society. People need to get their finances sorted out now.

“The Government is planning to pay anyone on benefits via a bank payment only, from next April. So you will need to have a bank account,” she said.

Also other major changes will mean that tenants on benefits could be facing cuts in the amount of money they will have to live on. For example, anyone under retirement age with one or more spare bedroom could see a significant cut in their benefits.

“As a not for profit organisation serving local people, every penny we spend on maintaining and improving our 3,800 homes comes direct from our tenants. When tenants don’t pay, it impacts directly on the rest of the Two Rivers community.   

“From October we will have our new Welfare and Debt Adviser in post ready to help our tenants cope with the complexities of the new welfare changes,” Karen said.

The One Place is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 12noon at the Forest Community Church in Cinderford.  Contact 07542-729765 or go to www.theoneplace.co.uk

Any Two Rivers tenant who needs advice about benefits changes or wants to set up a direct debit should ring 0800 316 0897.

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