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County Durham project set to help tenants sharpen money skills

A project which aims to help County Durham social housing tenants make their money go further is launching a series of courses to boost budgeting skills.

Monkey, a partnership project funded by the Big Lottery Fund, is working with housing providers and voluntary sector organisations in County Durham to run training courses to help tenants get to grips with their finances. More than 400 people will have the opportunity to learn more about saving and managing money.

Partners are running a variety of schemes to improve financial confidence which includes.
Derwentside Homes which will work with 60 people on a six week accredited courses on budgeting and money management across Stanley and Consett starting in spring.

SHAID is planning to run a number of budgeting courses for 100 young people and people who are harder to reach across County Durham.
Homes and communities business, livin, will offer new tenants in need of support tailored pre-tenancy courses using tablets to help people build  confidence using the internet and making savings online.

East Durham Homes is targeting its money management training at people living in rural communities in East Durham and in areas where access to banks and other financial services is more difficult.
Fiona Christian, Monkey project manager said: “We are delighted to be supporting our partners to run these sessions. Many people have been hit hard with squeezed incomes over the last few years – these courses show that even on a tight budget you can take control of your finances and make your money go further.”

The courses will take place over the next year in locations throughout County Durham. Most of the courses are open to anyone living in County Durham.

For further information including course dates call Monkey on 01388 424697 or visit

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