Financial Help

Financial help

Our weekly Job Club is held by our financial support co-ordinator, who can help increase your skills towards finding employment, tackle fuel poverty, learn budgeting skills and much more.

Job Club

Every Wednesday from 10am to 12noon, Greenfields House, Charter Way, Braintree, CM77 8FG

If you’re a Greenfields resident looking for work, then drop into our weekly Job Club!

We offer help with CV-writing and application completion, and advice on interview techniques and using Universal Jobmatch. Attendees can also use the time to search for jobs on the free computers available.

Emma Faulkner, Greenfields’ Financial Support Co-ordinator, said: “We’re keen to help our unemployed residents fulfil their potential and learn any skills required to find a suitable role. More and more unemployed residents are now moving onto Universal Credit, and it’s important that they’re actively seeking employment. We hope that we can help them to find the job that’s right for them.”

For more information, 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

Other job clubs

Braintree library on Mondays 10am-12noon

Halstead library on Tuesdays 10am-12noon

Witham library on Wednesdays 12noon-2pm

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/

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/

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/

My Home Contents Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out home contents insurance, to prevent loss or damage to your belongings. My Home Contents Insurance offers discounted premiums for tenants.  See more by scrolling to the bottom of this page: Repairs

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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

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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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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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