Preventing Shocking Debt helped to stop people from falling prey to loan sharks and other high-cost lenders, by helping them access appropriate advice and affordable alternatives.

Early prevention work is vital to our mission of supporting everyone to thrive and flourish. This is especially important when they are experiencing financial shocks associated with Covid-19 and challenging life events such as the death of a loved one, a new baby or a redundancy.

This project ran between November 2019 and April 2021, funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund.

By focusing on these events, our worker Gurj Shergill worked with individuals through a range of partner organisations to prevent unsustainable debt, maintain individual wellbeing, strengthen relationships and family life, and promote financial resilience and community inclusion.

Gurj was also able to conduct research into how people got into problem debt and has been working with a team of artist and graphic designers to see how we could get the right information to people at the right time to prevent shocking debt.

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Overcoming Shocking Debt is funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund which has provided funding for a 10-month trial.
Gurj Shergill

Gurj Shergill

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