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Press and Campaigns Update

This summer, we've been very busy on our campaigns and press activity

MP Alison Thewliss with the Turn2us teams

Benefits Awareness Campaign

Our Benefits Awareness Campaign has continued with further media coverage - we've now achieved over 266 press mentions since we launched in May.

As a result of the campaign, Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss visited our helpline to meet the team and listen in to some calls to learn more about what we do.

Ms Thewliss said:

“I was delighted to visit Turn2us and learn first-hand about their useful advice and valuable information on a range of grants and funds. Organisations like Turn2us provide vital support and information at a time when the UK Government are implementing major welfare reforms.”

We've also seen a huge increase during the campaign in people signing up to our e-newsletter to stay up to date on our work. Our campaign posters have also been shared in local community spots across the country. Thank you for sharing them in your local area. Please let us know if you'd like further copies.

School summer holidays

Several weeks ago, we also released new research on the pressures families face over the school summer holidays. We found that 36% of parents are worried about the impact of the summer holidays on their ability to pay household bills and expenses, while 42% are concerned about spending more money on food for their children during this time.

As a result of our findings, we've been encouraging parents to check what additional financial support could be available to help them over the summer and beyond. The research has been widely picked up in the media, featuring in The Guardian, Mirror Online and Evening Standard as well as on BBC Radio 4's ‘Bringing Up Britain’ show and across several regional newspapers and websites.

We've also seen great mentions for the charity in The Week magazine (Turn2us featured in its 'Charity of the Week' slot) as well as on BBC Radio 4's ‘Money Box’ programme.

Read the Guardian article: Summertime, and the livin’ isn’t easy as parents struggle with childcare

Read the Mirror Online article: Families missing out of £15 billion benefits