‘Making the Most of Your Money’ Workshops

In partnership with Cambridge Housing Society, we are offering free 6-week workshops for individuals who are using our support services.

These workshops will focus on topics including budgeting, debt, money-saving, banking, increasing income, employment, volunteering and training.

You can find all available course dates and full course details below.

If you would like to attend, please email wellbeing@cpslmind.org.uk, call us or speak to a member of staff at your next appointment.

Please note that you must currently be receiving support from our services in order to be eligible to attend.

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Course Dates:

Course 1:
Where: CPSL Mind, Barrere House, 100 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1ER
Day: Mondays
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Dates: 25th February, 4th March, 11th March, 18th March, 25th March, 1st April

Course 2:
Where: CPSL Mind, The Limes, 24 New Street, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 1AJ
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Dates: 26th February, 5th March, 12th March, 19th March, 26th March, 2nd April

Course 3:
Where: CPSL Mind, Barrere House, 100 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1ER
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Dates: 30th April, 7th May, 14th May, 21st May, 28th May, 4th June

Course 4:
Where: CPSL Mind, The Limes, 24 New Street, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 1AJ
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Dates: 1st May, 8th May, 15th May, 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June

Full Course Details:

Week 1 – Introduction to Money Matters, your attitude to money, families and money, needs versus wants.
Explore your own attitudes to money and money management. Find out your ‘Money Personality’ type. Consider money worries in couples and families. How to help your child to understand money. Identify the difference between ‘Needs’ and ‘Wants’ when it comes to your spending. Your own free ‘Money Matters File’ full of useful information. Deciding on your ‘Money Matters Learning Goal’.

Week 2- Better budgeting and keeping track of your money, looking after your paperwork, savings accounts.
Looking at budgeting. Ways to increase your income and reduce expenditure. Using a Spending Diary to record your outgoings. Keeping track of your money, paying bills and being in control. Free concertina file to store your paperwork. Tips on keeping your paperwork in order. Saving for you (and your children). Where you can save. Credit Unions.

Week 3 – Banking, money basics, becoming a ‘super scrimper’ and a ‘saver spender’, tips on saving money, cooking on a budget and the taste test, supermarket psychology, welfare reform changes.
The benefits and bugbears of bank accounts. ‘Fee Free Basic Bank Accounts’.
‘Basic’ food lines – try the taste test and see if you can tell the difference! Tips on practical ways to save money. Discover how Supermarkets use Psychology to influence your buying behaviour and learn how to beat them at their own game. Preparing for Welfare Reforms, changes to Benefits and Tax Credits and the new Universal Credit.

Week 4 – Saving money through energy efficiency, switching energy supplier or tariff to save money, saving money by using the internet.
Top tips on saving money through energy efficiency. ‘Energy Best Deal’ – how to compare suppliers or tariffs and switch to get cheaper gas and electricity. How to instantly compare prices between supermarkets. Get Freebies. Use discount vouchers to save money. How to use a search engine like Google to help cut your costs. Pay less for CDs, DVDs, books, phones or accessories. Safe shopping online. Using eBay to buy and sell.

Week 5 – Choosing credit, money advice, priority and non-priority debts.
Comparing interest rates on credit. How to avoid expensive loans. What is Debt Advice? Identifying priority & non-priority debts. Consequences of non-payment. Strategies to deal with debt. How to access different sources of help. How to become a ‘Money Mentor by sharing what you have learned about money with friends and family. Your ‘Money Matters Learning Goal’ – how did you get on? Certificate of Attendance.

Week 6 – Looking to the future – what would you like to achieve?
Session delivered by a New Horizons Project Coach. Initial information, advice and guidance on how to access support with finances and debt, looking into volunteering, training, education, building a CV, getting on-line & moving towards work. Information on how to access the New Horizons Project and/or some more intensive money help.

Tutor: Sue Reynolds – Senior Money Matters Advisor at CHS Group

Download full course details: Making the Most of Your Money Course Details.