August   2022

Dear Friend,

Welcome to our Bridging the Gap Mentoring  Newsletter . Explaining how we help people through effective mentoring.

Good News – this month
– Paul was supported with his PIP appeal  by his mentor and was successful.
– Jane used zoom for the first time, and loved it. 
– Mark  has been trying new activities . He went to an art exhibition and the cinema .

Supporting people to manage their money
Many of our clients need help to sort out financial issues such as debts , budgeting and paying their bills. They can feel overwhelmed , not knowing where to start or where to get help. Some are at risk of losing their homes.

Some examples of how our mentors have helped in the last few months : 

Jeff 
After many years of using heroin, Jeff had stopped and was rebuilding his life.
He identified that he needed to create some order with his finances.
He wasn’t clear how much he needed to set aside for bills and often his family would have to step in to help.

Jeff sat down with his mentor to look at what money he had coming in  and what his bills were and together they created a  budget. To ensure the bills were paid, and he didn’t get into debt or risk his home ,they set up direct debits.

Jeff then knew how much money he had left to spend after bills were paid . He felt more in control, he knew what he had left that he could spend.

Barry
In his own home for the first time, Barry was struggling to manage. He was using drugs and alcohol to deal with the impact of childhood trauma.
Barry said that he wanted a routine, to be organised, to learn how to budget , do daily admin and to sort out some rent debt he had.
He wasn’t opening letters and didn’t feel confident to contact the housing officers to discuss his rent debt.

He was at risk of losing his home.
The mentor helped him to email his housing officer and a meeting was arranged.
With support he was able to explain he hadn’t been coping and came up with a repayment plan and sorted direct debits.

He then worked with his mentor on a budget and creating a filing system and to open and respond to letters.
He then felt more able to ask for support around his drug and alcohol use .

Ahmed

While waiting for his Leave to Remain  to be processed, Ahmed was told he could no longer work and couldn’t claim benefits.
He had no money although a friend let him stay on his sofa.
He also had a store debt .
The mentor was able to help him negotiate this being paused . She also helped him access charities to help . This included  vouchers, grants and food and places were he could get a meal.

He is now allowed to work and is looking for a job and will be supported to negotiate payments for his debt when he has an income.