Wiltshire Money Forum | Q1 2022 | Registration Now Open!
The theme of the Q1 Wiltshire Money Forum will be 'The Cost of Living'. The Forum will take place as follows:
- Date: Tuesday the 1st of February 2022
- Time: 2 - 3.30 PM
- Location: Online
Registration for the Q1 Forum is now open. Please register online here.
The Forum will include the following presentations:
- Energy Market 2022: energy costs and challenges faced by low-income families.
- Annual Rent Increases: housing provider messaging, communicating with stakeholders and support options.
- Council Tax in Wiltshire 2022/23: update on changes and support provision.
- Area Boards, Communities and Low-Income Families: Wiltshire Council Community Engagement Team update.
Remember that you can email us to let us know if your organisation would like to present at a future Wiltshire Money Forum. We are always looking for volunteers!
Trussell Trust "Together for Change" Strategic Plan 2020-2025
There was an 89% increase in need for emergency food in April 2020 (compared to the same month in 2019). The storm caused by the pandemic has swept more and more people into destitution. The Trussell Trust's vision is for "a UK without the need for food banks". This vision is backed up by a five year strategic plan setting out how they hope to achieve this. See the Trussell Trust's "Together for Change" here
Latest training events
Future "Bitesize" Q&A/Training sessions - your views
These (free/minimal cost, 30-60 minute ) online sessions will be run, by Wiltshire Money, where possible with subject experts/knowledable speakers.
It would be great to have your views and your feedback on what topics you would like to see covered. If you have an idea for a bitesize training session, anything that will help you and/or your team cope with this fast changing environment, please let me know and email me at
Virtual presentations, training and webinars are all still taking place, however. See below links to relevant updates and information that I hope you will find useful
DWP - Skills Toolkit
More free courses have been added to The Skills Toolkit, with topics including getting the most out of Microsoft Outlook, introductions to finance and bookkeeping and understanding how computer networks operate.
The online learning platform is available to everyone and provides easy access to a selection of high-quality digital and numeracy courses, which can help people build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.
Acas have a number of online training modules such as "Mental Health", "Redundancy" and "Contracts, Hours and Pay". Acas experts run regular webinars on employment law topics and employment relations They're free to join, you just need to register in advance. You can view previous webinars and subject to available spaces, you can Register for upcoming webinars.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England have adapted their training courses so they can be accessed remotely, either through online instructor delivery or with digital only content.
Wiltshire Money Forum - March 2021 - the spring Wiltshire Money Forum was a "Virtual Conference"
The Spring Wiltshire Money Forum ran during the week of 15th March 2021. The theme and discussions centred around "Coming out of Lockdown, What Next?" The main discussion on 17th March was attended by around 20 members and considered how advice had changed as a result of the pandemic. We also discussed forthcoming developments such as new “Breathing Space” regulations. The guest speakers included Paul Fox, the head of the Government’s Money and Pensions Service in the South West. Ian Brown Head of Wiltshire Council's Revenue and Benefits Team also joined and gave an update on Council tax and DHP in Wiltshire
Wiltshire Money Forum - November 2020 - the winter Wiltshire Money Forum was a "Virtual Conference"
The Virtual WM Forum took place w/c 9th November to coincide with "Talk Money Week" On the Monday, WM Members were invited to drop-in and say “hello”. It was good to hear our member’s latest news; including Wendy who gave us an update on the work of Stop Loan Sharks - Illegal Money Lending Team
WM Members dropped in to a discussion and Q&A on 12th November.The theme was "Support initiatives and Covid" We heard from various guest speakers, including from Wessex Water, Swan Advocacy, Family Learning Team, Healthwatch and TV Licensing about their positive local initiatives and schemes that are there to support our communities financially and emotionally at this difficult time.
The November virtual WM Forum Agenda with lots of useful links, service updates, presentations and topical information is still available HERE for the next few weeks.