June 13: Turn2us was delighted to receive the Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank Foundation’s Spirit of the Community Award 2016. These awards are given to support projects that help people have a healthy relationship with money, help people into employment and help people improve their local environment.
The grant will be used to run our training workshops in Lanarkshire from June 2016 through to December 2017. These workshops empower local intermediaries to use our online tools and help their clients get access to the financial help and support available to them. Using the most current available data (2013/14), Scotland had almost 1 million people living in relative poverty after housing costs, a fifth (210,000) of whom are children (1).
Comment from Turn2us' Chief Executive
Commenting on the award, Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive of Turn2us, said: “We are delighted to receive the Spirit of the Community Award from Clydesdale Bank. This award means that our work to help fight poverty in the UK can support even more people living in financial hardship in Lanarkshire.
"Many people on low incomes aren’t aware of the what they could be eligible for, which is why Turn2us with our free and easy to use Benefits Calculator, and Grant Search tool can make a real practical difference to people’s lives. This Spirit of the Community Award will help ensure that more people from Lanarkshire communities who are finding it hard to make ends meet can find out what support is out there.”
If you work with people in financial need in Lanarkshire and might be interested in finding out more about this project or know of any organisations in that area who might want additional support to help those in financial need, then please contact Ross Craig, Turn2us Engagement Manager.
You can find out more about the awards on Yorkshire and Clydesdale Bank’s website.
1. Scottish Government and the Poverty Truth Commission (2015): Poverty in Scotland (PDF file size 454kb)