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Helping Hand campaign begins

Posted on 8th July, 2015 by Lincoln Against Poverty

A campaign that directs people to where they can get help and support regarding money, debt and savings has got under way.

The Helping Hand campaign, which lets people know ‘sometimes we all need a helping hand’, has been put together by City of Lincoln Council and its partners with the aim of signposting people to debt, budgeting, benefits and savings support.

Throughout the summer, advice cards will be available to pick up at all GP surgeries in the city, and a number of pharmacies in Lincoln will also be distributing them. The cards contain information about which agencies can help in certain situations and the contact details for these groups.

The new campaign follows the recent successful ‘Say No To High Cost Borrowing’ project that ran over Christmas 2014 and into the new year to show where people could get money or debt advice at a financially-stretched time of year, without turning to high interest lenders, such as payday loan companies.

Both of these projects are part of the council’s Anti-Poverty Strategy that aims to mitigate the short to medium term effects of poverty; show what help and support is available in the city, and where this can be accessed.

James Wilkinson, Principal Policy Officer, said: “We know money issues can have a direct effect on people’s health, and we want the cards and the information on them to be a real help to those who need support.”

Anyone who would like more information or to be part of the campaign can email james.wilkinson@lincoln.gov.uk

For more information about the campaign and to download any materials please visit www.lincolnagainstpoverty.co.uk/helping-hands