Hinckley & Rugby Building Society has teamed up with StepChange Debt Charity to offer additional support to its customers who are struggling with their finances.
The new partnership has been formed ahead of the charity’s annual Debt Awareness Week, held from 22 March – 28 March. Hinckley & Rugby is keen to raise this important issue with its members so has produced five first steps anyone can take to begin managing their debt, which can be found on its website.
StepChange has been offering free debt advice for 25 years and, in 2014, launched its first Debt Awareness Week to encourage people to speak openly about debt-related issues and to seek advice when they need it.
Vanessa Northam, Head of Strategic Relationships at StepChange, said:
“This year during Debt Awareness Week, we’ll be focusing on breaking down the stigma that surrounds debt, opening up the conversation and encouraging people to take the first step towards resolving their money worries. With the week also marking a year since lockdown began in England and Wales, and the financial impact of the pandemic still being felt across the nation, it’s more important than ever that people know help is available. We’re pleased to have Hinckley & Rugby Building Society on board to support the campaign and raise awareness of free debt advice with its members.”
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Society has assisted customers who have found themselves in financial hardship by offering Mortgage Payment Breaks and is welcoming those who are experiencing difficulty to get in touch to discuss flexible options.
Hinckley & Rugby’s Chief Executive Colin Fyfe, commented:
“During the past year, the Society has seen first-hand the financial impact that the pandemic has had. Through our partnership with StepChange, we hope to offer support to those who are struggling with their finances and would ask any of our customers who are worried about their mortgage payments to contact us so that we can work out a solution. Sometimes the hardest part about managing debt is knowing where to start, and so we have highlighted a few ideas to use as first steps to managing your finances, which we hope our customers will find helpful.”
The Society’s five first steps to managing debt can be found on its website: www.www.hrbs.co.uk/debt-awareness/
For more information about StepChange Debt Charity, visit their website: www.stepchange.org.