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Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund provides tailored support to residents

by Jonathan Kearney

The Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund has supported a number of community groups, projects and residents over the last year addressing the issues that matter to our communities.

The £2.5m fund was established by the Council to support residents who are facing a number of diverse issues following the pandemic. The Council, partner agencies and community groups are working with our most vulnerable residents and they can identify the issues impacting on residents and importantly, refer them for appropriate support.

One such project supported through the Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund provides tailored debt, welfare benefits and housing support to residents who are receiving support from our mental health services.

Residents are referred by mental health agencies including Merseycare.

One mum of two has been supported to get back on track following spiralling debts and diminishing mental health issues. The debt issues were significantly impacting on the resident’s health and wellbeing, but thankfully, by taking the first step and accepting help, the resident is now feeling more comfortable about themselves and their financial situation.

A grant was awarded to the resident to pay arrears for a number of debts that had accrued and the resident was supported to set up regular payments to ensure debts didn’t once again build up. The support offered to the resident provided reassurance and helped her to regain her confidence.

Cllr Jayne Aston, Cabinet Member for Resources, said: “This is another example of where our Knowsley Better Together Hardship Fund is providing bespoke support to our residents.

“Understandably, people may not know what support they are entitled to, but our own staff, partner agencies and community groups are working with vulnerable residents and they can identify issues. Importantly, they can ensure they then receive the right support.

“I’m pleased that another resident has been supported with their debt issues which I know has also had a positive impact on their mental health.”