Have you been affected financially by COVID-19?
Over the last year, many people will have experienced a significant loss of income due to COVID-19 and the associated lockdowns. This can be from a variety of causes including unemployment, furlough and a reduction in working hours, particularly in vulnerable industries such as tourism, hospitality and retail. Other reasons why people may face difficulties include bereavement, relationship breakdown and illness. Many people find that their limited savings are soon exhausted, and they are left in a difficult financial position.
If you find that you are struggling with managing your money, rent or debts, it is much better to seek help sooner rather than later. Community Money Advice (CMA) South Wiltshire is a service delivered by South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) that offers free money and debt advice to people living in South Wiltshire.
CMA South Wiltshire offers a free and independent service to help with personal budgeting and debt. Clients are supported to identify any additional income that they may be eligible for, minimise outgoings and put together a workable budget. If there are any debts then a plan is drawn up to address these in the most suitable way. The objective is to take a holistic approach and to provide clients with the knowledge and skills to manage their finances in the future as well as solving their immediate needs.
Our advisors are volunteers who are trained by Community Money Advice, a national charity enabling community groups to deliver debt and money advice.
We are able to accept referrals from individuals or organisations (with client consent) despite the current lockdown. Appointments are currently by phone or video calling.
You can find more information on our website https://swanadvocacy.org.uk/cmasouthwilts/ and referrals are accepted by email CMASouthWilts@swanadvocacy.org.uk or telephone 03333 447 928 (charged at local rates).