C.H.A.N.G.E is a project delivered by a partnership between ACE Cornton and Raploch URC who were successful in receiving the funding in order to support people who are going to be affected by the upcoming changes in the welfare system.
Do you need help with making your money go further? If so, then you should contact the C.H.A.N.G.E Project. C.H.A.N.G.E, funded by the Stirling Council Welfare Challenge Fund, is now live with two dedicated staff members working in the communities of Bannockburn, Raploch and Cornton.
The project is designed to help people take control of their money by offering free confidential income maximisation sessions and household budgeting assistance. Staff will help individuals on a 1-2-1 basis to ensure that community members are receiving all the financial support that they are entitled to and then help them manage what is left over.
Emma MacGregor from Raploch URC said, “We are really excited to have C.H.A.N.G.E. go live. Katie and Callum are dedicated to helping people take control of their household finances and we are working hard to raise awareness of this service within the three communities to ensure that people know about it and are encouraged to access the free help that is on offer”.
HMP Cornton Vale
We continue to work in partnership with Cornton Vale and the women who are on license in the independent living units. These women are unable to go back into the prison to use the education center so learning within the prison is not an option. ACE staff visit the Prison regularly to interact with staff and inmates and to participate in events organized for partners. We also liaise within the Learning Centre in the prison so they can pass information about our services on to women who are moving into the independent living units. We also work closely with the placement officer, Ross Binnie, who is responsible for the independent living units. Ross is keen that the women in the independent living units have the opportunity to take part in learning and the development that provides.
We have now worked with a large number of women from Cornton Vale who have come to the ACE Cornton to take part in learning activities. Each of these women has had a very positive experience and has progressed well in their learning and personal development. The women have taken part in a range of subjects , have achieved various qualifications and volunteered with ACE on occasions. All the women have benefited from the social side of their learning and interacted very positively both with staff and other learners.
Free, confidential, impartial and independent advice. Drop in advice session available on Tuesdays 1.30pm – 4pm at ACE Cornton (No appointment necessary)
CAB Volunteer Advisor Training Programme
Stirling District Citizens Advice delivers a 12 week volunteer training programme for those interested in becoming a CAB Advisor. Please contact 01786 470239 for further information.