Nominations open for first ever Financial Inclusion Awards in South Yorkshire

//Nominations open for first ever Financial Inclusion Awards in South Yorkshire

Published 13th January 2020 at 8:59am

Nominations are now open for South Yorkshire’s first ever Financial Inclusion Awards, a unique initiative to celebrate those working to improve the region’s financial health.

The Awards will shine a light on the organisations and individuals doing fantastic work to help people better manage their money – whether that’s by giving debt and financial advice, providing budgeting help or supporting people to access the right benefits.

The winners will be announced at an event on Thursday 13 February, held by the think-tank Demos and hosted by the Mayor of Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, at the historic Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield.

Nominations can be made until 6 February on the Good Credit Index website. Winners will receive up to £1,000 as a donation to their non-profit project or to a local charity of their choice.

Heather Williams-Taplin, Head of Major Projects at Demos, said: “We know that there are so many local businesses, charities, public sector organisations and individuals across South Yorkshire going the extra mile to make a difference in their communities, by helping people access the financial tools to help them thrive.  Most won’t necessarily think of what they’re doing as financial inclusion, but they make a huge contribution to people’s financial health, and we want to make sure they’re recognised and celebrated.

“Any organisation, employer or individual working in South Yorkshire is eligible if they’re supporting people manage their money, so if you’ve been supported or know someone who has, it’s really quick and easy to make a nomination on our website.  Plus they could win up to £1,000 to support their work or a local charity.”

The awards follow the launch of South Yorkshire Good Credit in 2019, a place-based financial inclusion initiative from Demos and backed by Mayor Jarvis, that aims to transform credit provision across the region.

To make a nomination, visit the Good Credit Index website at www.goodcreditindex.co.uk/awards.