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Credit Unions

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Oct 2020 and following it is anticipated that more people will experience difficulty with debt and related issues. If you can support people to seek help sooner rather than later it will be of benefit. That includes taking control of the situation and managing it rather than ignoring it. This may particularly be important where a relationship breakdown or redundancy, or loss of earnings or additional caring has occurred. People in these situations can be more vulnerable to scams and fraudsters or illegal money lenders and well as frequently experiencing poor mental wellbeing. See sources of help with debt and free financial advice below.


Sources of help from Derbyshire County Council


Access the welfare benefits team news at Derbyshire County Council.

Welfare benefits advice Derby City.


Access Citizens Advice or tel 0300 456 8437. Use their online tools and resources: guide to managing debt and a resource to learn about finances.


Just Finance Foundation  Covid Cash course.


Farm Community Network recomends Farmwell a developing resource for people living and working as farmers, useful to all in isolation.


Foodbanks across the county may be delivering services at present in a different way, click on the link to find our how to contacct then or look on Facebook for the latest information on how to donate or what is particularly needed. Alternatively there is a community response unit which you may want to support or approach. If you are developing a food poverty response in Derbyshire ask colleagues advice about Feeding Derbyshire before proceeding.


Help avoid loan sharks by sharing Illegal Money Lending Team latest news 


Scamwatch in Derbyshire

Avoid the latest scams: Scamwatch facebook page or Derbyshire Scam Watch website.


Local Credit Unions or community banks are organisations offering members the opportunity to save and take out affordable loans. 


Derbyshire Community bank latest.


Help with debt and free financial advice click the link to find local organisations.


Financial problems and advice from Safer Derbyshire

Safer Derbyshire guidance see  community safety financial abuse page

Financial abuse can be linked to domestic abuse.

Sources of help with substance misuse

Sources of help with problem gambling



Church of England/Church Urban Fund  research into Covid-19: submission showed issues of having no savings, long term debt, accessing food, and increased isolation for people already socially isolated becoime of significance during the pandemic.
Money Sorted: For support through debt there are D2N2 Money Navigators