If you are experiencing mental ill-health and live in Brighton and Hove our specialist Money Advisers are here to help. We can help make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to, and find solutions to any debt worries you may have.
We have been working with in-patients at Mill View Hospital and people in the community for over 20 years. We understand that it is difficult to pick up the phone some days and we will find ways to make sure you can use the help we can offer.
We know there is always a solution, even when your finances feel out of control and you are scared about your debts, it can happen to any of us and it is nothing to feel ashamed of.
We are part of the Community Roots partnership which offers a whole range of help and support for people in Brighton and Hove who are expeiencing mental illness – more details can be found on their website: https://www.communityroots.org.uk/about-us or by phoning their central access point on 0808 196 1768.
You can contact us directly to make an appointment for debt or benefit help on 0808 196 3699 or call the Moneyworks Adviceline on 0800 988 7037. (0808 numbers are free to call)
Money Management Support Service
This is what we call the ongoing help and support service we give our clients, and this includes money handling where it’s needed. Helping you manage your money means you can keep as independent as possible, while tackling the issues in a calm and practical way.
People find money handling useful for different reasons. Some examples are:
We support people in lots of different ways, depending on what’s needed. Everyone’s needs are different and so our help can range from simply offering advice to filling in benefit claim forms, handling money or visiting you at home to bring your money. We help take the stress out of the situation and can give you the skills and information to manage your finances in the future.
This service is available to Sussex residents referred to us by professionals working on their behalf, like Social Services. Funding is needed to take on a client for this service, which is normally arranged by the referring professional (more information here) . Our service is normally free to clients, but where funding is not available, clients can choose to pay directly for a service. Money Guardians is what we call our service for self-funding clients.
Everything we do is:
We are recognised as a Corporate Appointee by the Benefits Agency. This allows us to claim and receive social security benefits for those unable to do so themselves.
At the moment we offer a drop in advice desk at the BMECP every two weeks on a Friday:
Refugee One Stop Shop, BMECP Centre, 10a Fleet Street, Brighton BN1 4ZE. Drop-in desk every two weeks on a Friday between 11am and 2pm. Call 01273 664000 to find out when the adviser will next be there.
If your landlord is a housing association you may be able to access our telephone advice & casework services. We currently work with residents of: Hexagon, London and Quadrant, Moat, Paragon, Sovereign and Victory Housing Associations. Please call us on 01323 685999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are funded by Home Office to provide short term advice and guidance to victim-survivors of domestic abuse who live in England and Wales. The aim of he service is to increase the economic safety and stability for the victim-survivor. Please contact the Financial Support Line on our freephone number 08081968845.
We are funded by the Money and Pension Service, CISCO and the Rayne Foundation to run a debt casework service for victim-survivors of domestic abuse and to pilot the Economic Abuse Evidence form. For further information and a referral form please go to Financial Support Line
If you live anywhere in East Sussex and you or a family member have been affected by cancer, our specialist welfare benefits advisers may be able to help you adjust to changes in your financial situation. We offer in-depth telephone advice & home visits. For more information call 01323 635989.
If your landlord is Brighton & Hove City Council; or you are a leaseholder of the Council (you own a flat and pay the council for maintenance and ground rent), we can arrange a telephone appointment with you to help you with any (non-business) debts or benefit issue. We can advise you on things like:
When we are able to see people face to face again we can arrange appointments at our office or places like:
Hollingdean Children’s Centre, Moulsecoomb Children’s Centre, St Richards Church and Community Centre in Hangleton, Jubilee Library in Brighton. Please note these are not drop-in sessions – you will need an appointment.
If you need advice or an appointment please call the moneyworks adviceline on 0800 988 7037 to speak to an adviser who will be able to help or refer you for an appointment if you need it.
Advice by email is available to the general public. This service is impartial and confidential, and the advice is free.
Contact us using this email address…email@example.com
Moneyworks is a council-funded project, which aims to provide cohesive and comprehensive money and debt advice to residents of Brighton and Hove. We run a telephone advice service on behalf of the Moneyworks partnership of providing free, independent advice to residents of Brighton and Hove on a whole range of money issues including dealing with debt, maximising income, paying for fuel etc.
Call 0800 988 7037 (freephone)
Opening times (may vary)
Monday: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Tuesday: 9.00 am – 1:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm