Household budget help for Longbridge and Northfield

By Tristan Harris Sunday 19 January 2014 Updated: 19/01 23:07

RESIDENTS in Longbridge and Northfield will now be able to get household budget training at the Hollymoor Community Church.

The advice is being provided by the Life Line Food Bank, which already provides emergency food aid to local people in need.

The sessions will include an introduction and rapport building, questions and answers on people’s circumstances, prioritising - what is concerning individuals and what requires urgent attention, and setting actions. That gives those who go along a step-by-step plan to address situations and is carefully designed so it does not overwhelm.

The follow-up process sees a further meeting set up to check on the progress and examine the next steps.

Advice on benefits, rent and council tax is already being provided at the charity’s drop-in centre at Hollymoor Community Church on Tuesdays in partnership with Birmingham City Council.

The new service has been identified by advisers as a missing link in the holistic approach to helping people in need that Life Line Food Bank is seeking to provide.

During appointments, advisers will research prices, set budgets, help with form filling and letter writing and provide guidance on how to deal with a telephone calls and financial correspondence.

They will also try to establish the attitudes and behaviours and try to get to the cause of any financial problems.

The drop-in and advice centre - between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - offers a relaxed coffee bar setting and includes computers for internet access for job searches and CV preparation.

The Life Line Food Bank is run by the Hollymoor Community Church and supported by Churches Together in Northfield, Coun Ian Cruise and Coun Randal Brew and is Sainsbury’s Northfield’s local charity of the year.

It has also been successful in receiving funds from Pertemps and Community First.

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