WE are supporting this year’s Debt Awareness Week organised by the charity, StepChange, to help people take control of their debt.
Running from Monday 26th January to Sunday 1st February, the StepChange ‘7 days, 7ways’ email campaign aims to help people recognise the early warning signs of problem debt and raise awareness of the help that is available.
Research previously conducted by StepChange revealed that people in debt often wait up to a year before seeking advice. This year the campaign will beoffering support and easy to understand bite sized advice to help people make life changing differences as to how they manage their money.
We regularly refer our residents to the charity to help them manage their finances, determine their priority payments and create a long-term debt management plan.
Nasreen Memon, Head of Media and Public affairs at StepChange, said: “We know from our experience of speaking to clients that many people are frightened to face the reality of their debt problem. Simple things like opening a bill or bank statement can become overwhelming for those who are struggling, hoping that their circumstances will improve, or who are afraid to acknowledge the seriousness of their situation.
Debt Awareness Week and the Seven Days email programme give us the opportunity to help people realise there is help and support out there, and that taking steps to deal with financial difficulty need not be as daunting as it may seem.”
For more information about Debt Awareness Week and tips on how to deal with debt please visit www.stepchange.org/debtawareneesweek.