This is a financial advocacy service available to people who face disabling barriers. The Money Matters service delivered by Equal Lives is available to disabled people, whatever their age. It provides information, advice and practical support around personal finances, usually as a short term intervention. It is built on the model established by Age UK, which provides financial advocacy to older people aged 65 and above.
People mostly have to be referred in to this service by a professional (usually a care assessor), and the service is for those people who have no other way of developing their financial skills or confidence either through friends, family or other professionals. People have to want to receive this service, and we will support them to remain in control at all times. People living in Norwich postcode areas can self-refer into our Money Matters service, but other areas of Norfolk would require a professional referral.
Money Matters volunteers support people to:
- organise the payment of bills
- set up bank accounts
- set up direct debits / standing orders
- check eligibility for benefits
- develop budgeting skills
- access specialist debt / financial advice
Money Matters volunteers do not:
- provide financial advice
- provide debt advice
- handle cash
- have access to people’s bank accounts, PIN numbers etc
- transport service users in their cars
- tell people what to do
- complete benefit applications (although they will refer into our wider Information, Advice and Advocacy service where necessary).
Our volunteers are not there to tell people what to do and can only support people who are assessed as having capacity to manage their personal finances. As this service aims to promote people’s independence, it is not intended to be available long term; where people are likely to need this support on an on-going basis, we will support them to explore other options such as employing their own Personal Assistant (PA).
For more information about this service, please contact us