WDH’s Cash Wise initiative has reached a landmark figure after the 400th participant attended the programme.
Leanne Tinnion from Pontefract was presented with a £20 voucher for B&Q after completing a series of workshops at Pomfret Children’s Centre in Pontefract.
Cash Wise is funded by the Big Lottery and supports social housing tenants across the Wakefield district to make budgets, access the correct benefits and learn about healthy eating and DIY.
Mum-of-three Leanne, 25, whose youngest son stays in a crèche paid for by Cash Wise while she attends workshops, said: “The sessions have been really enjoyable and I’ve learned a lot of new things which have helped me day-to-day. The advisors I’ve spoken to are friendly and supportive and really help explain things clearly and they have given me the confidence to talk about things I have kept to myself until now.”
Amanda Sheridan, Cash Wise Team Leader, said: “Leanne is a prime example of someone who at first was reluctant to talk about the extent of her problems but then opened up once her confidence started to grow. We now know her situation and we’ve been able to put her back on track, and the fact we’ve helped 400 others in similar situations shows just how important this initiative is to people.”
Cash Wise sessions are held throughout the district with travel and childcare costs covered and lunch provided.
Tenants can sign up for either workshops or one-to-one support by visiting the Cash Wise website or calling 01977 724651.