The Money Advice Trust has today announced details of the three projects that have been successful in applying to its Innovation Grants programme and will be supported by the organisation over 2017/18.

The programme funds innovative advice projects to improve the quality and range of money and debt advice across the UK. The successful projects are:

  • Mencap Liverpool– Easy Money

The aim of the project is to develop and deliver a financial literacy workshop programme using Easy Read resources so that these materials can then be used across charities working with people who have a mild learning disability (PWLD) and or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

  • Citizens Advice Manchester– WhatsApp – Money Advice and Casework Development Project

Citizens Advice Manchester want to target young people via social messenger services and plan to test the delivery of money advice via WhatsApp as a platform for 24/7 digital access channel and as a ‘keeping in touch’ system to help clients stay on track with their finances.

  • The Mary Ward Legal Centre – Enabling ESOL clients to improve their financial health

Through this project, the Mary Ward Legal Centre hope to build the financial health of their clients who have English as a second language in London. The materials they create and develop will also be made available to other advice centres and community organisations working with people who have English as a second language.

Connecting with groups and organisations that operate on a more grassroots level through the programme, the Trust can then share learnings from these projects with the wider advice sector. Since 2011, 29 projects across the UK have already been funded by the programme in addition to the three new projects announced today. Previous groups include those working with young people, individuals at risk of homelessness and carers.

Joanna Elson OBE, chief executive of the Money Advice Trust, the charity that runs National Debtline, said “We are delighted to be working with Mencap Liverpool, Citizens Advice Manchester and the Mary Ward Legal Centre, and supporting them to deliver money advice in new ways to more people. There will always be a need to find creative approaches to engage individuals who can be harder to reach through traditional debt advice channels alone – and each of these projects will be addressing this challenge in a unique way.

“I am also looking forward to us being able to share the findings from these projects with colleagues more widely so that the advice sector as a whole can benefit from their work.”

The Innovation Grants programme has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, among other funders.