Comas have piloted an approach to Financial Inclusion with their recovery community, in which people are supported to reduce their debts and avoid utilities disconnections; maximise their income through welfare entitlement, and become more money-canny by learning to budget, reduce fuel consumption with insulation and other measures, and participate in community savings schemes and bulk buying groups. The work takes place in their Serenity Cafe project for people recovering from addiction, which reaches over 300 people throughout the City of Edinburgh; many of whom are vulnerable to fuel poverty and financial exclusion. Last year their financial support to people in crisis for utilities top-ups and grocery bags increased by ten times the previous year. They need to work on a preventive basis.
Expected Number of Individuals : 475
Expected Number of Households : 350
Trustees Meetings : 26/03/2013
Funding Amount Approved : 13522