ASPIRE WORK WITH DURHAM SAVERS TO HELP PEOPLE 'SWITCH AND SAVE'

12th Sep 2019

Aspire, a not-for-profit organisation based in Chester le Street, have seized the opportunity to work with Durham Savers, a Durham County Council supported initiative that enables and encourages people to ‘switch & save’ by changing their energy providers.

From their women only centre they deliver high-quality free and low cost learning, support and wellbeing, as well as structured volunteering opportunities, to a diverse range of women across the North East of England offering a safe, friendly place to gain skills, socialise and improve confidence. Some of their biggest assets are the onsite crèche facilities and the award winning volunteers of the National Lottery Community Fund programme “Supporting Sisters” who are trained and mentored to offer peer to peer support and wellbeing services.

Aspire are working with Durham Savers, a Durham County Council supported initiative that enables and encourages people to ‘switch & save’ by changing their energy providers. Aspire was proud to become a registered collection point with North East First Credit Union. County Durham is the most deprived area of North East of England, both in terms of income and employment deprivation (Source: Area Action Partnership’s Chester-le-Street area profile, 2012). Aspire’s own service users raised financial issues in 20% of Listening Service Appointments 2017-2018, showing a real need for this kind of support and financial security provision within our centre. The credit union has been a huge success, now boasting 50+ members, saving on average £5 per week, and it is proving not just popular with our savers but also a brilliant opportunity for our trained volunteers, who facilitate the service.

As part of Aspire’s continued commitment to supporting women with their finances a number of our volunteers have  now also accessed Community Advocate ‘Stop the Loan Shark’ accredited training and we will be hosting a Gambling Awareness session in-house later this year.

Click HERE to watch the video of the Aspire and Durham Savers partnership work

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