More help for fi­nan­cially trou­bled

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community Life - By Si­mon RockeR

a neW char­ity is in the pipe­line to aid those in fi­nan­cial straits.

The ven­ture is an off­shoot of The Club­house, the Gold­ers Green-based or­gan­i­sa­tion set up to help trou­bled young peo­ple from the strictly or­tho­dox com­mu­nity.

For some time, The Club­house has op­er­ated a money ad­vi­sory ser­vice of­fer­ing debt coun­selling be­yond its im­me­di­ate clien­tele.

now Mark Fabian, who runs the ser­vice, says plans are un­der way to es­tab­lish a stand-alone char­ity which can meet the in­creas­ing de­mand for help.

The Club­house started the ser­vice af­ter find­ing that fi­nan­cial pres­sure on fam­i­lies was one of the causes of the dys­func­tional be­hav­iour among some of the youngsters it was deal­ing with. But as word spread, re­quests for help came from fur­ther afield.

“Peo­ple had credit prob­lems and asked how to man­age them,” Mr Fabian ex­plained. “a lot of peo­ple have been strug­gling with poor fi­nances for a num­ber of years.”

The hope is that the char­ity will be able to dis­trib­ute bur­saries to fam­i­lies in dif­fi­culty, as well as of­fer­ing ad­vice on how to cope with fi­nan­cial strains.

“We are grow­ing so much that we’d like to start a com­mu­nity-in­ter­est com­pany that could gen­er­ate money that could be passed back to help peo­ple,” he said.

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