24 November 2015
Transformation CPR received £4,000 from the CCF’s Mining District Fund and the Cornwall Club Fund in November 2015 towards the salary of a Debt & Benefits Advice Coordinator and an annual subscription to real time benefit & financial update information software. Transformation CPR runs CPR Foodbanks and CPR Street Pastors to address needs in Camborne, Pool & Redruth.
CPR Foodbank provides emergency food to 500 people every month. Many of these people come to CPR with more complex needs. An average of 22 people per month citing debt issues as their reason for accessing the CPR Foodbank. Camborne, Pool and Redruth are deprived areas with low income, seasonal work and low level of savings that drives many people towards taking on debt. Transformation CPR finds that people in need have limited places to go for help, and recognise that while they are helping to feed hungry people, they are not addressing the issues that have led them to this situation.
With the imminent move to the Universal Credit System more confusion will arise in clients who are already vulnerable in a number of ways. This, combined with welfare benefit applications only being available online, means someone with current training has become essential. The Debt & Benefits Advice Coordinator will help at least 30 individuals to gain more control over their lives and finances, and have a more positive outlook on life.