Talking Money is based in the Lawrence Hill ward of Bristol, which is one of the most income deprived areas in the city and supports clients through four services:
• Debt Advice
• Benefits Advice
• Financial Education
• Energy advice
All services are free, independent, legal advice that can be accessed in person, by phone, by email or online via our website. The advice and support we provide is a lynch pin to clients finding stability and solving other areas in their lives.
In 1990, a small group of individuals were appalled and affronted by the abject poverty that they saw in Bristol. They decided to set up a charity which tackled poverty and financial problems and that has been Talking Money’s mission ever since, to tackle poverty and empower people to take control over their lives.
We work in Bristol and the surrounding areas increasing financial inclusion by supporting people with their debt, benefits and fuel poverty with free and independent advice. Many clients deal with complex and distressing circumstances, including disability, illness, housing issues, debt and reduced income. The knock-on effect has a big impact on families.
The implementation of welfare reform has created unprecedented levels of need with 50% of those surveyed not feeling confident they would be able to keep up with rent and household bills. We’ve had a 7% increase in demand with 6885 enquiries in 2016/17 and while we are providing a high-quality service our small team is stretched. A client recently told us, “If it wasn't for you I would not know this help existed. It has helped my health issues... We can also look forward to having food and doing own laundry. ”
Talking Money aims to:
- The relief of poverty by providing a free advice and other services to persons who are in condition of need, hardship or distress by reason of their social or economic circumstances.
- The advancement of education of the public into matters relating to: - financial literacy - debt awareness and prevention - social welfare and advocacy
Established: February 1990
Registered Charity Number: 900311
Board members: 8
Full time staff: 17
Part time staff: 11
Phone number: 0117 954 3990
Address: 1 Hide market, West Street BS2 0BHView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website