Managing Chang£

About Managing Chang£

Advice NI are working Inspire Mental Health, to conduct a research project that will help to inform future policy and practice.  The aim of the “Managing Chang£ … What Works?” project is to investigate if welfare reform and money management training, combined with information, support and signposting, can have a positive impact on the wellbeing of people who use Inspire Mental Health Services?

The “Managing Chang£ … What Works?” project is funded by the Money Advice Service “What Works Fund” and is one of 58 projects across the UK  focused on building evidence of the types of interventions that can make a measurable difference to people’s ability to manage their money (financial capability).  The project is being delivered against the backdrop of changes as a result of welfare reform in Northern Ireland i.e. changes in the administration of benefits, entitlement etc.  These forthcoming changes are a cause of significant anxiety for stakeholders of the project.

Money and wellbeing are often linked. Poor mental health can make managing money more difficult and money worries can make your mental health worse. Our goal is that this research will help us to develop a model of practice that works for people facing mental health challenges. The aim of the project is to investigate how money management training, together with ongoing support and encouragement from a designated, accessible “Money Champion” , could have a positive impact on the money management abilities and ultimately the mental wellbeing, of the people who use Inspire Community Wellbeing services within the changing environment created by welfare reform.

The overall aim is to help those who take part to be ready for the forthcoming changes to the benefits system, deal with any money worries they might have and learn ways to more actively manage their money.  

The project will be delivered between April 2017 and May 2018.
For further Information please contact Michele Smyth at Advice NI on 028 90 645 919 or e-mail msmyth@adviceni.net

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