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Better Off Finance

About Better Off Finance

Better Off Finance aims to support people facing challenges in accessing employment, by developing their financial capability and resilience, and thereby removing barriers to employment and enabling them to become more job ready.

Better Off Finance reaches out and connects with over 800 people from the local authority areas of Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral within the Liverpool City Region. The programme supports disadvantaged communities within the region, who face a number of connected problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low income, poor housing, high crime environments, and poor health.

Better Off Finance supports those on the programme to:

  • Improve their financial capability and financial resilience
  • Prepare and progress participants into sustainable employment
  • Advance into training and education opportunities which will enable them to become more work ready and more digitally skilled

In addition, at least 100 volunteers will achieve a Money Mentor qualification, ensuring legacy within communities once the programme finishes.

About the Partnership

Better Off Finance a partnership programme led by The Women’s Organisation. The Women’s Organisation was chosen because of our reputation and track record in the Liverpool City Region, as well as their capacity, skill and significant experience of project lead and accountable body status through ERDF and ESF, for both UK and EU directorate programmes.

The partners are Citizens Advice South Liverpool, Citizens Advice North Liverpool, Citizens Advice Wavertree, Citizens Advice Sefton, Citizens Advice Knowsley, Citizens Advice St Helens, Citizens Advice Halton, Citizens Advice Wirral and RAISE.

Partners were selected on the basis of delivery fit and capacity, which also included a due diligence process to check key areas of operation and governance. Partner selection criteria included: expertise in implementing community outreach, financial capabilities, education, employment and training; programme compliance; systems and policies; track record and equality and diversity.

The partnership will seek to impact on policy by influencing government and institutions by using qualitative and quantitative evidence-based arguments.

For More Information on Better Off Finance

Contact our team by:

Telephone: 0151 706 8111

Email: hello@thewo.org.uk

Our Funders

The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year, it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

Since June 2004, it has awarded over £8 billion in projects that change the lives of millions of people. The Better Off Finance project has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the managing authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regeneration. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding