Trussell Trust Southwest Foodbanks
Money Matters have been working in partnership with the foodbanks to help address the rising need from those already struggling to make ends meet. Trussell Trust research identifies that: A high proportion of foodbank clients are experiencing destitution at the time of needing help; Problems with the benefit system are a significant factor in turning the situation of clients from difficult into a crisis and destitution; Problem debt is a significant driver of financial difficulties for clients and can make management of bills impossible.
Money Matters has historically been a key referrer to Glasgow Southwest Foodbank. However, the Trussell Trust reports that many of those referred to them are people who have not had recent contact with the advice organisations which could resolve the issues triggering their destitution with the direct provision of advice, and also through assistance to access a variety of cash based and in-kind support which they are currently administering.
A proposal to the Trussell Trust identified a number of issues with their client group have many emergency situations that required a dedicated advice service to address these. Such waits can be particularly problematic for people facing destitution, who can be left reliant on charitable provision for longer. Money Matters were successful in securing funding to cover 5 Foodbanks in the Southwest of Glasgow.
This project where we are collocated within the various foodbank distribution centres will aim to: Improve our ability to identify clients in need of advice through deployment of the advocacy worker; Improve access to cash based and in kind support operated by Glasgow South West Foodbank and Money Matters; Provide quicker access to Money Matters advice for clients, particularly for those facing financial emergencies; Ensure access of clients to broader support within Glasgow’s GAIN network of advice agencies by providing an effective entry point to that network; Make a contribution to the capacity of an organisation, and a sector as a whole currently under severe pressure.
We have either an Advisor or an Advocate present who can assist you to arrange an appointment to access our services on the following days:
Monday 10am – 12noon Ibrox – Clyde Community Hall
Tuesday 10.30am – 12.30pm Penilee - Our Lady & St George Church
Tuesday 2pm – 4pm Linthouse – Linthouse Housing Association
Thursday 10am – 12noon Greater Pollok – Priesthill Community Centre
@ 50p Church
Friday 10am – 12.45pm Cardonald – Hillington Park Parish Church
If you are unable to see someone from Money Matters at one of these locations, please contact a member of the Foodbank who can make a referral to Money Matters on your behalf, and we will contact you to arrange an appointment which can be face to face or over the telephone.