City of York Council has awarded grants totalling over £157,000 to fund organisations to deliver a range of financial inclusion activities across the city in 2022/23.
The Executive Members for Finance and Performance and Housing & Safer Neighbourhoods, approved the plans to allocate a total of £157,062 of grants to fund nine projects over the next 12 months:
|Organisation||Project title||Brief Summary||Amount|
|Blueberry Academy||Blueberry 50/50 On Line Marketplace||Run an on line market for young people with learning difficulties to manage on line sales for recycled/reuse items generating income and acquiring skills from their enterprise activities.||£9,000|
|Experience Counts||50+ Project||Deliver four employment related programmes to residents aged 50+.||£19,320|
|Changing Lives||Financial & Social Inclusion Worker||Support vulnerable and hard to reach residents to gain financial independence.||£19,479|
|Refugee Action York (RAY)||Advice & Support – Equal Access for All||In collaboration with CAY provide support to refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to access practical support, information and guidance relieve hardship, reduce isolation, advance education and improve integration.||£13,480|
|Peasholme Charity||My Money, My Life||Continue delivery of its financial capability pathway service||£27,543|
|Citizens’ Advice York||Financial Inclusion in the Traveller Community||Continue project working with the Travellers Trust to deliver and co-ordinate advice services to the Gypsy & Traveller Community.||£5,385|
|Age UK (York)||Reaching Out to Older People in their Community||Enhance the financial stability of older people (50+) living on a low income, promoting improved health and wellbeing, reducing reliance on other services, and to help retain their independence. A partnership with OCAY (Older Citizens Advocacy York), Friends of St Nicholas Fields & York Energy Advice.||£18,692|
|IT Reuse||IT Reuse project||Provide those on low incomes with a refurbished computer to alleviate digital poverty helping to reduce financial exclusion to enable people to manage their finances, apply for benefits, learn new skills, apply for jobs, access banking and find better on-line deals. Donated unwanted IT equipment is repaired and configured by volunteers to distribute to those who experience financial and digital exclusion.||£26,864|
|Welfare Benefits Unit||Advice Extra||Extend reach of services to underpin first tier advisors in responding to more complex cases.||£17,299|
York’s Financial Inclusion Steering Group invited bids to promote financial inclusion from organisations across the city as part of its work to ensure that local people have the knowledge of and access to appropriate services to allow them to make more informed choices to achieve and maintain financial stability. The group includes representation from the Welfare Benefits Unit, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York CVS, Explore York, Citizens Advice York, the York Food Justice Alliance, Community First Credit Union, as well as the council.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, the council’s Executive Member for Finance and Performance, said:
I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to approve the award of funds totalling over £157,000 to promote financial inclusion in the city over the next 12 months, which has been supplemented from the extra funding set aside for financial assistance in the recent budget.
“This is such an important issue for residents, especially at the moment with the continuing global uncertainty contributing to soaring energy costs. I hope that residents will take the opportunity to access the range of help and support available in York.”
Cllr Denise Craghill, the council’s Executive Member for Housing and Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “The calibre of bids was extremely high and competition for funding was strong so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to award funding to really high quality projects, which will support residents across the city to become more financially stable.”