Integrate Scotland has received £5,000 to fund the delivery of a free debt help service and money budgeting / skills course for anyone who needs it, generally, those who are financially disadvantaged or socially excluded in Aberdeen City and Shire.
The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.
The grant will pay for the salary of the debt coach/centre manager who will visit new clients in their homes, build a picture of their financial situation and collect the relevant paperwork which is sent to head office where it’s consolidated, a debt repayment plan is created and the creditors are contacted on the clients behalf so that they no longer have to deal with them directly.
Ross Sutherland at Integrate said: “……unmanageable debt is a real issue for many people in Aberdeen, it causes relationships to break down, families to struggle to feed themselves and even suicide. This donation from Santander will make a real, significant and lasting difference to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised people in our community ……”
The Branch Manager’s at Santander’s Aberdeen George Street branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Integrate Scotland, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”