Bureau receives fund­ing

Fi­nance pro­ject

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Picture Special - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Coat­bridge cit­i­zens’ ad­vice bureau (CAB) has been given a twoyear grant of £74,413 to sup­port its fi­nan­cial ad­vice pro­ject.

The fund­ing, from the Bank of Scot­land Foun­da­tion, means the or­gan­i­sa­tion will be able to pro­vide money ed­u­ca­tion and raise aware­ness of fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and in­clu­sion at their Foun­tain busi­ness cen­tre base, plus out­reach and via home vis­its.

Bureau man­ager Mar­ian Tobin said: “The award couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time as, due to fund­ing con­straints, we sim­ply couldn’t of­fer this ser­vice and were reg­u­larly turn­ing away clients who needed this type of sup­port.

“It’s fan­tas­tic that we will be able to sup­port cit­i­zens of Coat­bridge fur­ther by of­fer­ing money ad­vice five days a week through our of­fice and seven out­reach locations.”

The money will cover staff and run­ning costs for the fi­nan­cial ad­vice pro­ject, to “sup­port vul­ner­a­ble clients ... [with a] fo­cus on fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion, op­tions for cost sav­ings, bud­get­ing and pri­ori­tis­ing spend­ing, thereby help­ing pre­vent re­cur­ring money wor­ries”.

Coat­bridge CAB was among six char­i­ties based in Cen­tral Scot­land to re­ceive grants – with Air­drie-based Coun­selling And Ben­e­fits In Ac­tion ( CABIA) also ben­e­fit­ing from a one-year grant of £6000.

Bank of S c o t l a n d Foun­da­tion trustee board chair Philip Grant said: “It’s fan­tas­tic that our fund­ing pro­grammes help so many peo­ple across Scot­land to ben­e­fit from a va­ri­ety of much-needed lo­cal ser­vices and per­sonal sup­port.”

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