Working with Pennywise made a real difference to people’s lives. Here you can read about some of the people we helped while the project was running. If you’re struggling with money and budgeting, have a look at our Money advice in Bristol page to find organisations who can help.
Ed Matthews is a confident young man who has just passed his HGV licence test and is looking forward to finding a well-paid, permanent job as an HGV driver. However, before he came to Pennywise, it was a very different story.
When Becky moved into her flat, it was the first time she’d lived alone and been responsible for her bills and rent. When she came to Pennywise, she was struggling to make ends meet on the wages from her part-time job.
When Gary first met his Pennywise mentor, Pete, he was under a lot of stress. He and his partner were unable to work due to health problems and had been struggling to manage their finances for a long time.
I’d been struggling with money for years before I found Pennywise. I’d been a victim of domestic violence and hadn’t been allowed to look after my own money, so when the relationship ended I had no idea what I was entitled to or how to manage my own finances.
Hazel had gone to Pennywise several times for advice, so when she began to struggle with her finances again and received some letters she didn’t understand, she asked Sarah from United Communities to refer her back to Paul at Pennywise for some extra help.
Paul from Speedwell was suffering a great deal of hardship when he was referred to Pennywise. After spending some time in a hostel, he had been able to move into a one bedroom flat, but with high electricity costs and debts that he needed to pay back, he was finding it a huge struggle.
Kirsten is an expectant mum in her late 20s. She recently moved into her first home on her own and quickly realised she would struggle to set up a new home for herself and her new baby on only ESA payments.
Judith is a single mum in her 30s who fully committed herself to engaging with Pennywise to improve her financial situation. She now feels in control of her money, able to negotiate with creditors and plan ahead.
A few months ago Marcus Depass was an unemployed Places for People tenant with several debts he was struggling to pay. Then a chance conversation with his Neighbourhoods Officer set him on the road to changing his life.