Date for your Diary - save the date!!
The next Virtual WM Forum to take place w/c 9th November to coincide with "Talk Money Week" There will be:
- a virtual agenda with lots of useful links, presentations and topical information - published here on 9th November
- a quick catch -up drop-in session on 9/11 @ 12pm (meet.google.com/uxu-pgyt-wey) and
- a Q&A on 12/11 @3pm (meet.google.com/ntr-yqhn-xij). The theme of this will be "Recovery initiatives and Covid" and your questions on money issues are most welcome.
Latest Job Vacancies
Building Bridges Administrator
Click here for more details and how to apply
Hours: 18.5 hours per week Location: Flexible with the ability to travel across Wiltshire and Swindon.
Salary: £17,893.00 per annum (pro rata), plus 6% pension contribution after 3 months
Annual Leave: 33 days (inclusive of bank holidays) Term: June 2021
The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. The programme is jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund.
Closing date: 6th November 2020
Interviews: Week Commencing 16th November 2020
Latest training events
Future "Bitesize" Q&A/Training sessions - your views
These (free to join, 30-60 minute ) sessions will be run, by WM, in a Q&A based format with, where possible, subject experts/knowledable speakers.
It would be great to have your views and your feedback on what topics you would like to see covered. Please email me or contact me at Wiltshire Money with your ideas and suggestions
The current Coronavirus situation has meant that face to face and group training events have largely been cancelled. 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
Benefits Training Company (BTC)
For interactive, professional input on how to best support people with welfare benefits issues, try booking onto one of the BTC live, modular online training courses.
For BTC Online Benefits Training available until February 2021 Click here
Could you spot a loan shark "Stop Loan Sharks" free 45 minute online training. Click here for dates & details
Wiltshire Citizens Advice (WCA) have recently provided a PP Presentation for Building Bridges on Benefits changes since COVID-19. You can view it here
DWP - New Skills Toolkit Course
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.
Housing Systems Housing Systems have put together an e-learning module on Coronavirus and Benefits. This is freely available to everyone. The team encourage you to share it with colleagues in other roles, such as housing workers or social workers, who might find it helpful too. The module can be found here - https://www.housingsystems.co.uk/COVID-19/E-Learning
You can also register for a number of webinars from Policy in Practice Webinars. including a recap of the major benefit changes since Coronavirus, Council Tax Support Schemes and SE Surplus Earnings.
Acas 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 such as 'Furlough leave: the HMRC Job Retention Scheme'
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.
Next Wiltshire Money Forum
See "Breaking News" st the top of the page.
You can Email us to let us know if your organisation would like to present ("Virtually" if necessary) at a future Wiltshire Money Forum. We are always looking for volunteers!
Wiltshire Money Forum - July 2020 - the summer Wiltshire Money Forum was a "Virtual Conference"
Thank you to all those who attended the event -22 delegates. This meet provided an opportunity for discussion and for members to ask questions around topical issues on Housing, Council Tax, Employment issues & Furlough. We had 22 members join the call and a range of issues were discussed from Housing re-possession to Discretionary Housing payment rules and Redundancy questions
The "Virtual Agenda" is available to view here The agenda provides links to presentations, useful contacts and information about housing, employment, debt etc. The Agenda will be available on this website for a while so that Wiltshire Money members can browse the links and information in their own time.
Wiltshire Money Forum - December 2019
Thank you to all those who attended the event. The event was attend by 27 delegates.
You can find the presentations here. The presentations include Wiltshire Council’s updated Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) Policy 2019. The scheme can offer Housing Benefit customers short term financial assistance with their housing costs during periods of particular need. Housing costs can include help towards rent, tenancy start up costs, and moving costs.
In addition, the trainer contact details for the "Gambling Awareness" session if you have any questions or requests for further training are included in the presentation slides
Wiltshire Money Forum - September 2019
Thank you to all those who attended the event. The event was attend by approx 41 delegates. You can find the presentations here
All Presentations from earlier forums can be found on a separate web page by clicking here
Training and Events
See below for details of current training opportunities and feedback from previous events
Future training events
No training events are scheduled at this time
Previous training Events
Bitesize Session - Employment Law for Money Advisers 20th October 2020
This free session took place online with 25 WM members and a chance to ask an Employment Lawyer questions on topics such as:
- Redundancy Pay, Notice Pay, Holiday Pay
- Unpaid Wages
- When to check for Discrimination
- Sick Pay rules
- Flexible Working , the Furlough Scheme Introduction to ACAS, Introduction to Employment Tribunal.
The feedback was very positive with delegates saying it was very informative and helpful.... "That was excellent! Thanks for organising it and please let Paul know how enlightening that was - He's made the subject seem so much less daunting..."
Wiltshire Money - 1 day Universal Credit in Practice Course on the 5 February 2020.
“Very experienced and engaging trainer. I will definitely use the information we covered and the resource pack”
The course, run by the Benefits Training Company, provided an update for those working with clients in receipt of UC. A total of 16 delegates, from a range of organisations, attended the training. 81% of delegates said they would certainly go on to use the information given to them and 100% of the delegates rated the course rated the Course 8/10 or above.