Empowering communities: Rotherham launches drop-in hubs for money management and support

COST of living support is being spread across the borough with regular drop-in sessions at ten locations.

Rotherham Council has used UK Shared Prosperity Fund cash to partner with RotherFed, Citizens Advice, Laser Credit Union, and Voluntary Action Rotherham.

Residents attending the fortnightly “Open Arms” sessions can access money management tips, energy advice and digital skills support.

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RotherFed chief executive Phil Hayes said: “We want these hubs to be places where people can drop in at any time and feel comfortable that they can ask for help with the things that matter to them.”

Jamie Ashton, projects and services director at Citizens Advice Rotherham said: “We aim to ensure that people in Rotherham do not suffer from a lack of knowledge on their rights and responsibilities in a wide variety of areas. Come and speak to us at one of the Open Arms sessions to get support from one of our advisors.”

Laser manager Karen O’Reilly added: “This project allows us to get to the heart of communities to provide the help and support they need.

“We are also working with the illegal money lending team to raise awareness of loan shark activities, prevention and confidential reporting.

“We offer ethical loans and encourage saving habits, no matter how little.”

The drop-ins are taking place at Mowbray Gardens, Wath, Dinnington, Greasbrough and Maltby libraries; Dalton Parish Hall; St Paul’s Church, Ferham; Canklow Pavilion; Springwell Gardens, East Dene; Liberty Church, Masbrough.

Further information can be found on RMBC’s Money Matters webpage and at rotherhamfederation.org.

RMBC leader Cllr Chris Read said: “It’s more important than ever that people can get access to good quality, independent advice and information.

“That is why we have prioritised funding this activity as part of the council’s response to the cost of living crisis.”

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