As part of our support for our most vulnerable customers, Wessex Water funds a number of extra initiatives and pilot schemes. Below is a summary of these projects.
Please feel free to contact the organisation running the project by email if you want to find out more. Also get in touch if you're interested in applying for funding for a project in your local area.
Organisation running project: South Somerset Citizen Advice
Water Affordability Advice On Tour is a touring programme of community promotions that will take place within existing groups, clubs, pubs and community events in the most deprived Wards of Yeovil and Chard in South Somerset.
Contact South Somerset Citizen Advice
Organisation running project: Bournemouth and Poole Citizen Advice
To project will cover various activities in the area with the goal of increasing awareness of Wessex Water’s schemes in the most deprived areas of Bournemouth and Poole.
Contact Bournemouth and Poole Citizen Advice
Organisation running project: Yeovil Family Church
The project aims to increase awareness and uptake of Wessex Water’s affordability schemes in the hard to reach areas of Yeovil, by dedicating a Water/Finance Advisor. Activities would include advertising, leaflet drops, pop-up stands and presentations, all the while liaising with other organisations.
Contact Yeovil Family Church
Organisation running project: West Somerset Advice
The aim of this project is to target resources to identify households who would be eligible for the ASSIST scheme to prevent vulnerable customers from falling into debt and financial difficulty when help is available.
Contact West Somerset Advice
Organisation running project: CSE
During this project, CSE will engage and support low income customers of Wessex Water and Bristol Water in Somerset, specifically Bridgwater and Weston Super Mare through a targeted door knocking exercise.
Contact the CSE
Organisation running project: Bristol Citizen Advice and South Bristol Advice Centre
This project is a cross branding exercise to encourage engagement and to provide local venues for those that take up the help or advice. Focussing on handing out leaflets at a local shopping areas Bedminster, Broadwalk and Stockwood and around schools in the area.
Contact South Bristol Advice Centre
Organisation running project: Wiltshire Citizen Advice
The idea of having a ‘warm and welcoming home in winter’ will be used as a stepping off point for engaging people with this project. This will be done by holding two major promotional events, one before and one after Christmas, in a prominent shopping centre in Salisbury, The events will offer a ’10-Minute Utility Saving Check’.
Contact Wiltshire Citizen Advice
Organisation running project: Centre for Sustainable Energy
For the One Worry Less scheme which provides support for lone-parent households to improve their financial capability and avoid fuel and water debt, with face-to-face advice and support.
Contact Centre for Sustainable Energy
Organisation running project: North Bristol Advice Centre
For the MoneySmart for Life project, delivering money management workshops to young people aged 16-19 in South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, Filton.
Contact North Bristol Advice Centre
Organisation running project:Talking Money
For the Survive to Thrive financial capability workshops to prisoners at HMP Leyhill Prison.
Contact Talking Money
Organisation running project: Hope Housing, Training & Support Ltd
For the Money Management for Life tailored support project that aims to improve the money management skills of people directly affected by homelessness, helping them move forward to independent living.
Contact Hope Housing, Training & Support Ltd
Organisation running project: First Steps New Forest
For the First Steps New Forest project, providing sessions where members of the local Gypsy Traveller community can attend, seeking advice and support regarding financial capability matters.
Contact First Steps New Forest
Organisation running project: Cherry Tree Nurserys
To 'buy in' the services of a CAB disability rights advisor, to offer advice and signposting to benefits that may be available to members who are all affected by severe mental health issues.
Contact Cherry Tree Nursery
Organisation running project: People First Dorset
For the Money Made Easy project, providing a series of workshops to help adults with learning disabilities understand personal finances and avoid debt.
A toolkit was also created which can be used by anyone wanting to improve their money management skills.
Money matters toolkit
Contact People First Dorset
Organisation running project: Children's Voices Changing Choices
To continue the delivery of the Children's Voices Changing Choices project that aims to improve children's understanding of domestic financial matters.
Contact Children's Voices Changing Choices
Organisation running project: Bournemouth Citizens Advice Bureau
To deliver budget coach appointments to clients that have gone through the group's debt advice process and need assistance in managing their weekly/monthly/annual budget.
Contact Bournemouth Citizens Advice Bureau
Organisation running project: Our Way Our Say
To help local people make their money go further by teaching eight low income families from a deprived social housing area to learn how to cook healthy meals from scratch for their whole family on a budget using a stock pot or slow cooker.
Contact Our Way Our Say