Citizens Advice Essex delivering debt training to Saffron

Jake Carter

May 13, 2021

Citizens Advice Essex is delivering understanding debt training to the team at Saffron Building Society.

The training is the first-ever of this sort provided by the consortium.

Experienced debt advisers will deliver the training to a cohort of 60 colleagues from the business.

As part of their activities supporting communities in branch areas, the society offered Citizens Advice Essex a grant to allow them to trial this new training in the region.

Local Citizens Advice offices form a network of independent charities that offer confidential and independent advice.

All Saffron Building Society staff that are, or could be, customer-facing will be taking the training in a schedule of classes that have begun and will finalise in May.

Martin Lord, director at Citizens Advice Essex, said: “As the consortium lead for the network of local offices in Essex, we know how vital local funding is. We are always looking to develop funding for new initiatives in our area.

“The training with Saffron is an example of something that would require funding locally, and we are grateful to them for this.

“We’ve been able to resource the development of course packs and the materials necessary to get this off the ground.

“We can now roll this out to organisations across the Essex region – not just to building societies but anyone who needs to understand why people get into debt and what providers of debt advice, such as ourselves, can do to assist.

“The training is not to provide debt counselling services directly, but it will give a strong understanding of what debt can look like in various situations, understand the jargon, and give teams the tools to direct customers to the help they need. We will be here to help them.”

Claire Hunnable, community business partner at Saffron Building Society, added: “I am over the moon with the reaction from staff about the benefits of this training.

“As soon as Martin and I got talking, I was excited about the possibilities that came with the training, and we were delighted to use our community fund to help finance the set-up.

“It is so thrilling to know that this can now help other businesses in the communities around Essex.

“They too can upskill their staff and provide them with the knowledge they need to guide those in debt who need the help of brilliant organisations like Citizens Advice.”

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