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BODMIN MONEY SKILLS DAY

Citizens Advice Cornwall is holding a Money Skills Day in Bodmin as part of an initiative to improve people’s prospects and secure their longer term financial future.

The free event, at the Shire House Suite, takes place on Wednesday 29 September between 10am and 4pm and will include a range of information about managing debt, budgeting, money saving ideas, reducing energy bills and benefit checks.

Citizens Advice Cornwall Financial Capability Manager, David Morton, said:

“This is the first time we’ve held an event bringing all our experts under one roof.

“We realise there are people in the Bodmin and North Cornwall area who are suffering from very low incomes and having to stretch their finances to the limit to pay for essentials such as rent, heating, food and clothes.

“We can set people on the path to securing their financial health and stabilising, then improving, their situations which will benefit the whole community in Bodmin.”

Anyone can drop-in throughout the day to find out more with no obligations and arrange confidential one-to-one sessions with an adviser if required. Free refreshments are provided.

Last year, more than 200 people from the Bodmin area came to Citizens Advice in just six months (April to October) about problems such as debt, claiming benefits, housing and employment.

David added:

“We’d really love to see as many people as possible come and find out what help is available for them or their friends and relatives or just have a friendly chat with one of our experienced advisers about their situation.”

Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, added:

“Rather than waiting for people to get into financial difficulties and then finding a way out, we’re tackling some of the root causes of poverty and low income in Bodmin by going out into the community and giving people and advice, information and skills they need to avoid crisis situations.”

Citizens Advice Cornwall is a local charity and provides free, independent and confidential help and information for everyone in the community.

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