Financial Help

Financial help

Our financial support co-ordinator can help increase your skills towards finding employment,  reduce fuel bills, learn how to budget and more.

Employment advice

We offer free help with CV-writing and application completion, as well advice on interview techniques.

For more information, please email Emma Faulkner or call 01376 535400 ext. 4107.

Help with your finances

If you’re struggling to make ends meet, please don’t despair: there is support out there. Whether you require education, advice or savings on your energy bills, we hope the information below will be of use.

Hardship Fund

Greenfields offers a Hardship Fund, which offers one-off purchases of much-needed items such as white goods and carpets and travel expenses or clothes for a job interview.

The grants will only be awarded in certain circumstances, and successful applicants must engage with a Greenfields officer. For example, a grant have been awarded to a large family whose cooker had broken down and could not afford to replace it. New carpets have been given to a resident who had just moved into a first floor flat, was struggling to make ends meet and did not want to disturb their ground floor neighbours.

Successful applicants will receive the goods or vouchers. The fund does not award money or support for ongoing costs like fuel bills and other charges.

For more information, please speak to your Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, whose details can be found at this page: Your Neighbourhood Service

Job clubs

Braintree library on Mondays 10am-12noon

Halstead library on Tuesdays 10am-12noon

Witham library on Wednesdays 12noon-2pm

Energy bills

Essex Energy Switching Scheme aims to help residents get a better deal on their gas and/or electricity bills. Sign up and save an average of £250 by visiting https://www.braintree.gov.uk/info/200252/climate_change_and_energy/671/braintrees_essex_energy_switch

Community Oil Buying helps you save money on the cost of your heating oil and has been set up by a social enterprise called RCCE Trading CIC. Find out more here: https://www.essex.communitybuying.org.uk/

For more information on how energy tariffs work please visit: switch.which.co.uk

The following websites offer the best deals according to circumstances:

Moneysupermarket

Confused.com

Compare the Market

Uswitch.com

General advice and savings

Citizens Advice Braintree, Halstead & Witham provides free, confidential and impartial advice covering a range of issues including debt, benefits, work and housing. Visit http://www.bhwcab.org.uk/ or call 0344 499 4719.

Money Saving Expert, founded by Martin Lewis, is filled with money saving tips, news and information. Visit https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/

Holdfast is a financial co-operative owned and managed by its members. It provides a safe place to save with the added benefit of low cost loans. Visit http://www.holdfastcreditunion.co.uk/main.html?news.html

Education and qualifications

First Stop Centre provides free classes for adults who want to brush up on their English, Maths and IT skills. Visit http://firststopcentre.org.uk/what-we-do/basic-education-and-job-skills/

Interested in childcare as a potential career? Find out what qualifications you need and whether there’s demand near you by visiting http://dnn.essex.gov.uk/eycp/GettingStarted.aspx

Braintree College offers a host of courses covering childcare and health and social care. Find out more at: https://www.colchester.ac.uk/courses/areas-of-study/childcare/

Home Contents Insurance

Why do I need it?

If you are a tenant who rents, then your landlord may not cover your contents as part of the tenancy agreement. It’s a good idea to consider what a home contents insurance policy would cover you for in order to help you make an informed decision on whether you need one.

Contents insurance is designed to help protect your possessions. No matter how careful you are, there’s always a risk that your belongings could be broken, damaged or stolen so home contents insurance can help provide peace of mind.

To help you decide whether home contents insurance is right for you, we’ve have teamed up with Thistle Tenant Risks, and Allianz Insurance plc who provide the My Home Contents Insurance Scheme, a specialist Tenants Contents Insurance policy.

The My Home Contents Insurance Scheme can offer you insurance for the contents of your home including cover for items such as furniture, carpets, curtains, clothes, bedding, electrical items, jewellery, pictures and ornaments.

How do I get further information?

Please visit www.thistlemyhome.co.uk for more information or to request a call back.

Supporting documents

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Contact us

Contact the Greenfields team on the information below:

My Greenfields

Visit My Greenfields

Email us

emma.faulkner@greenfieldsch.org.uk

Text us

07860 024511

Connect with us

Call us on 01376 535400 or visit our social media pages by clicking on the buttons below.

What is a Community Gateway Association?

We give our residents the chance to be actively involved with Greenfields and have a say on how things are done. We provide additional opportunities and resources to our residents, beyond the development and maintenance of their homes. Click the button below to learn more.

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If you’re a Greenfields resident, you can pay your rent or report a repair by logging into your online account here. Click below.

My Greenfields

Our customer service team

Our customer service centre is open 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, for all enquires. Click the button below to get in touch.

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Latest news

Learn about the latest from Greenfields and what’s happening in your community. Click below to find out about our latest news and events.

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