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Supporting the wider community

26 Mar

In our work with Opportunity Plus, we have come across some truly fantastic community centres and groups, and we want to share some of the great work that is happening out there.

Does your community group need some support? 

Here are some of the things that we can do for you:

  • Create a Facebook page for your community and teach you how to use it
  • Offer free face painting at fundraising and other events
  • Feature you on our blog.
  • Get in touch to see how we could help your centre.


Balloons work with bereaved children in the Exeter area to help them through the grieving and healing process.  They have volunteering opportunities available and offer full training.  Find out more at www.balloonscharity.co.uk

The Hub Yeovil

The Hub Yeovil is a community centre working with disabled people.  They run a range of microenterprises to teach members valuable life and enterprise skills.  www.thehubyeovil.co.uk

Healthy Babies UK

Healthy Babies UK provide training to healthcare professionals, children’s centre staff, nursery workers and mothers to support the health, development, and wellbeing of babies and young children.  www.healthy-babies-uk.org

The Money Advice Service

If you have any questions about money – investments, debt, budgeting – then the Money Advice Service can help.  Call them on 0300 500 5000 for free advice and support.


The Education and Training Level 3 course has replaced the old Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector qualification, and enables you to teach anything that you are qualified or experienced in to adults (16+).  Information, Advice and Guidance is another useful qualification for the community sector.  Call us or email info@opsw.co.uk for more information.

What community centres do you use?  Why not visit your local centre to find out more about what they do and get involved!  Check out www.do-it.org or your local CVS office to find out if there are any volunteering opportunities near you.


The Money Advice Service

12 Aug

By now, you will probably have seen one of the adverts for the Money Advice Service on TV (you know the ones, where the small child or old lady shocks the rest of the family saying “MA can help”).  The Money Advice Service is a free, financial advice service offering independent, sales-free, jargon-free information on all matters relating to personal finance.  It provides clear, unbiased money advice to help people make informed choices.

They have a website, phone line, YouTube channel, online chat facility, and even hold face to face appointments, to discuss any money issues, including:

  • Personal Budgeting
  • Savings and Investments
  • Protection
  • Credit and Borrowing
  • Retirement Planning
  • Taxation
  • Benefits

The five key principles of the service are:

1. “On my side”: the service is impartial from the Government and the Financial Services Industry.

2. Supportive: the service provides information and guidance to enable users to make better decisions and take positive steps towards improving their finances.

3. Preventative: Money Advice Service is not a symptom-focused, crisis response service like debt advice. Rather the aim is to help prevent  financial difficulties and address the underlying route causes of poor financial decision making, including knowledge, financial literacy and money management skills.

4. Universal: the service is free and available to all.

5. Sales free: the service does not sell or make recommendations about specific products or types of product.

For more information visit the website: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk.  Through the website you can access a Budget Planner and complete a Financial Health check, as well as finding out more about various financial issues.