Here to Help campaign is launched

22/07/2019, PR-9132

Wakefield Council has launched its new ‘Here to Help’ campaign to raise awareness of training, skills and other support it offers that help residents to make a difference to their lives.

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​The Council's 'Here to Help' webpage is where people can go to find out more about Health, Housing, Money and Jobs - by clicking on a link to find the details they need.

Cllr Les Shaw
Cllr Les Shaw

​Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services at Wakefield Council, said: "People may not automatically think of looking to their local council for information such as how to boost their skills through adult education courses, to improve their job prospects.

 

"So we have set up the campaign to let residents across our district know that we have extensive knowledge and skills through which they can access information and support they need to help themselves."

 

One example of where the Council can help people is through providing them with information on money advice, such as the Mortgage Breathing Space scheme, which helps homeowners facing repossession with advice on interest free loans to clear mortgage arrears and information on how to manage finances.

 

The Money Smart scheme gives advice on reducing fuel bills, switching energy suppliers and debt control. Advice can be offered on interest free loans to fund essential home repairs. For those affected by welfare reforms, the Council can offer advice on budgeting skills and specialist debt advice.

 

Information is available to help people improve their job prospects – with details of the Council's adult education programme, apprenticeships, access to the library internet services and job vacancies.

 

Expert advice on other issues, such as housing and welfare issues, how to boost household income and improve health are amongst other areas where the Council can help.

 

Each year thousands of people in the district receive support from the Council. Between June 2018 and June 2019 the Council provided extra financial support to 3,000 people in the district. Through the Discretionary Housing Payments and Local Welfare Provision it spent over £1m to help vulnerable people who have shortfalls between their rent and housing benefit. People in crisis situations were helped to pay for fuel, food and essential white goods.

 

For more information visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/here-to-help