Benefit buddies success

Four Housing tenants at the community buddies awards ceremony.
Four Housing tenants at the community buddies awards ceremony.
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Customers of not-for-profit housing provider, Four Housing, are celebrating after successfully completing a year-long money management course. The course will enable them to provide financial advice to family members, friends and neighbours, as the impact of the welfare reform starts to impact on communities.

Sixteen Four Housing customers have completed the Community Benefit Buddies (CBBs) scheme, which included an accredited financial training course delivered by New College Durham. As part of the programme, the CBBs also visited the operational offices of StepChange, a national debt management charity. This has resulted in a formal partnership between Four Housing and the organisation.

The course covered a range of topics including basic budgeting skills, credit unions, illegal money lending and energy use. They can also signpost when more in-depth help is required.

The CBBs were awarded their certificates by Chris Reed, assistant director of operations at Four Housing, in a special ceremony at the housing provider’s head office in Pity Me, Durham. Mr Reed said: “The idea behind our CBBs scheme was born after the success of a Welfare Reform Awareness Day. The participants said they were keen to help their communities and pass on their new-found knowledge.”