Brunswick Healthy Living Centre

The Money Programme

Given the current economic climate and the large number of redundancies, BHLC has considered how they could be proactive and assist the local disadvantaged communities to be prepared and forward plan their individual and household finances. BHLC wished to engage with the community and provide financial management skills to prevent debt or at least minimise debt. Bedworth, Rugby and Nuneaton CAB (BranCAB) has a specially designed toolkit and trainer (Dave Grove) who is able and has agreed to deliver their financial “Money Matters” course to a team of specifically recruited volunteers.

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Money Programme Project outline Background: Given the current economic climate and the large number of redundancies, BHLC has considered how they could be proactive and assist the local disadvantaged communities to be prepared and forward plan their individual and household finances. BHLC currently works in partnership with CAB Local through their debt and benefit advice service which holds an outreach session at BHLC on Wednesday mornings. This only deals with finances once they become an issue. BHLC wished to engage with the community and provide financial management skills to prevent debt or at least minimise debt. Bedworth, Rugby and Nuneaton CAB (BranCAB) has a specially designed toolkit and trainer (Dave Grove) who is able and has agreed to deliver their financial “Money Matters” course to a team of specifically recruited volunteers. Recruitment: It was decided the main requirements for the volunteers was to have time, be confident using a calculator and not be frightened of numbers. On this basis we advertised through our normal networks and through a press release in the Courier. The response has been phenomenal far exceeding our expectations. We sent out 35 application packs in 2 weeks and now have a hold/waiting list. We have had 23 returned forms. Next Steps: In light of the response, we decided we needed to hold an event with Dave (trainer) to outline the training and commitments and individually assess whether they were still keen to pursue the volunteering opportunity. Once we had firm numbers we can make some firm decisions on how the project should progress. Potential project outline: Based on 20 trained volunteers we will be able to offer a service within BHLC and outreach. Current understanding is that the training can be offered as a package or mix and match modules depending on what is required. They can be delivered to groups or individuals. At this stage we would not have capacity to manage and deliver a programme with 20 volunteers every week. Given we do not yet know the demand for the service this would be ill advised anyway. Therefore the proposal is to deliver initially 2 sessions a week (one internal and one as outreach) with 4-5 volunteers on a rota basis. This would mean volunteers would be volunteering once a fortnight. This will need to be reviewed depending on final numbers of trained volunteers. Potential partners for Outreach: We should be looking at the most disadvantaged and super output areas (Crown, Warwick West and Brunswick): SPAN partners Whitnash Primary School Campion Packmore Centre Lillington Children’s Centre The above are just the initial starting point. Budget implications: What is clear is that we need to budget some additional management time into the scheme Hence in the budget there is a staff line. The costs highlighted are purely additional costs but not full cost recovery at this stage. ITEM COST VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT-event £200 CRB COSTS £300 TRAINING COSTS-ROOM HIRE-(try and get reduced fee). £550 ADDITIONAL MANAGEMENT TIME X 4HRS PER WEEK @£9.50 £1,976 STAFF TRAVEL FOR OUTREACH £200 VOLUNTEER SUPPORT/TRAVEL £1870 PUBLICITY £200 ADMINISTRATION £100 TOTAL £5396 NOTES: BASED ON 20 VOLUNTEERS -2 TEAMS Having to hire rooms for training 5 volunteers working a week x 40 wks x 2 sessions average 6 miles a day claim. (40 pence per mile) If working around lunch time volunteers are entitled to a free lunch. staff travel-12 miles per week.

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