Haverhill charity boosted by £5,000 grant from town council
A Haverhill charity that helps people escape debt and hardship has received a £5,000 grant from the town council
The money will be used by REACH Community Projects to help it maintain its existing projects - Haverhill Foodbank, The Furniture Bank and Christians Against Poverty - while also aiding a new debt counselling project being launched this year.
Henry Wilson, from REACH, told town councillors at their meeting last Tuesday that the money will support its debt work and the furniture bank, and that the charity is expecting to be busier than ever this year.
He said: “What we tend to find at the (REACH) resource centre is the amount of hopelessness there is and the despair of people who come through the door, especially in regard to debt because the biggest hope robber is debt.
“Being without food is one thing but when you have got debt there’s no end in sight and when no-one seems to listen there can seem to be no hope.”
The Government’s welfare reforms, which include changes to council tax benefit payments and the introduction of the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ are expected, added Mr Wilson, to add to REACH’s workload in the summer months.
Consequently REACH Money is being launched to better help people with their initial stages of debt adjustment.
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