Finance Support

Free help and support

to stay in control

of your finances

A Project of

Supported by

Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust is a Charity incorporated Organisation Registered by the Charity Commission No. 1185655

Money can be a big worry for anyone

If you are finding money matters difficult -you are not alone. Ross-on-Wye and the HR9 area has lots of local free support available for everyone, whatever their financial situation.

Ross-on-Wye Money Box is a project run by the Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust to show all of the ways people can get help and advice about money and debt in the HR9 area.

This leaflet contains details about:

  • How to avoid debt where you can
  • What debt help you can get
  • Who in our area can help with a debt problem
  • How you can help others who may be worried about debt

Causes of debt

There are so many ways that debt can start, and then accumulate. Whether through losing a job, a relationship breakdown, credit card over-spend, health troubles -it is important to remember that you are not alone, that it is not illegal to owe money, and there are always opportunities to deal with any kind of debt.

Loan Sharks

It can be tempting to take out a loan to pay off debts, but there are pitfalls. Loan rates can be extremely high, leading quickly to greater debt. Some lenders operate illegally.

Financial abuse

Financial abuse involves controlling someone’s ability to keep and use money. It can range from forcing someone to account for every penny they spend, to restricting access to savings, and stealing.

Home heating and other fuel

Bills for all kinds of energy are going in just one direction right now. There are ways to reduce your bills, and help is available so that everyone can heat their home in winter

How can Ross Money Box help?

We are raising awareness amongst everyone in HR9 about debt. We host regular Managing Your Money courses, run by experienced facilitators at Christians Against Poverty, which show how to manage money effectively.

Professionals: Can you help others in debt?

How debt-aware are you? Our Debt Awareness training is for professionals who, through your work, are in contact with people who may struggle with finances. These sessions will explain what you can do to help by signposting the various routes to appropriate advice and support in Ross-on-Wye and Herefordshire:

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Worried about your finances?

These organisations can provide you with advice, budgeting tools and help deal with whatever situation you are in. They can help you work out how much money you owe and which debts you should pay back first. They can give advice on benefits, including what you’re entitled to claim and how.

In Ross on Wye:

Christians Against Poverty https://capuk.org/i-want-help/our-services/cap-debt-help
Citizens Advice Bureau www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money

In Herefordshire:

Money On Your Mind www.talkcommunity.org/money-on-your-mind

Nationally:

Step Change 0800 1381111 www.stepchange.org
National Debt Line 0808 808 4000 www.nationaldebtline.org
Community Money Advice www.communitymoneyadvice.com/freedom-from-debt/get-help

Want a safe way to save and borrow money?

Money Box Herefordshire (no relation to Ross Money Box!) is your local community bank. Find out more about the services they offer at www.moneyboxcu.org.uk

All of the above organisations are authorised and / or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Is it difficult to afford food?

The Community Larder & Café, St Mary’s Church, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5HN Every Tuesday morning 09:00-12:00
The Zero Waste Stall is available Monday to Saturday 10:30-11:30 at the Community Garden, Old Gloucester Rd, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5AA

Need help keeping warm?

Keep Herefordshire Warm has a team of trained energy advisors giving free energy efficiency advice that will help you stay warmer and healthier 0800 677 1432 www.keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk

Find out more at www.rosscdt.org.uk/debt