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Community lunch spotlight on cash worries


By Alan Beresford


The community lunch team are ready to provide a warm welcome at this Thursday's event.
Picture: Eric Cormack
The community lunch team are ready to provide a warm welcome at this Thursday's event. Picture: Eric Cormack

MONEY worries and how to help solve them is on the menu this Thursday when the latest community lunch is held in Buckie.

The Fishermen's Hall will again host the event, which is due to run from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

There will be two main guest organisations at the lunch – Moray Council's Money Advice and Income Maximisation Team and representatives from the Scottish Welfare Fund.

Jointly funded by the local authority and the European Social Fund, the Money Advice and Income Maximisation Team can help people deal with financial crisis situations in a number of ways. This includes: Looking at your income to make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to; Help you create a personal budget, giving you more control and helping your money go further; Help you make benefit applications and complete forms; Refer you to other services if you need further advice or support.

The Scottish Welfare Fund helps families and people in Scotland who are on low incomes through crisis grants and community care grants. People can apply for grants if they are suffering a disaster, such as a fire or flood, or an emergency, for example an unexpected expense.

There is no set charge, with those attending asked to pay what they can afford.

The community lunches are being run by the Buckie Community Monitoring Group, part of Moray Community Planning Partnership’s Local Outcome Improvement Plan.

Supporting the lunch event are Moray Food Plus, Moray Wellbeing Hub, Buckie and District Community Council (including SSE funding) and Buckie Area Forum.

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