Talking Money supports and actively engages in partnership working. We are part of six formal partnerships, one for which we are the lead agency. We also work in partnership with our funders, and we have close working relationships with a wide range of providers with whom we work in partnership on an informal basis. Click on the links below for more information about any of our partnerships.
Money Advice West (MAW)
Money Advice West (MAW) We are the lead agency for this formal partnership funded by the Money Advice Service. As such we are accountable for over £1 million a year for the delivery of free, independent debt advice in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Stroud and Gloucester, through the MAW partnership of seven advice agencies delivering.
Money Advice West – a partnership of seven advice agencies providing free, independent debt advice across Bristol and the surrounding region. Alongside Talking Money, the following advice agencies work in this partnership:
Citizens Advice Bristol (offering services in Bristol)
0117 946 2564
North Bristol Advice Centre (offering services in North Bristol and South Glos)
0117 951 5751
South Bristol Advice Services (offering services in South Bristol)
0117 985 1122
St Pauls Advice Centre (offering services in Easton and St Pauls, Bristol)
0117 955 2981
GL Communities (offering services in Gloucester and Stroud)
01452 505544 / 01452 306581
Citizens Advice North Somerset (offering services across North Somerset)
South Gloucestershire Advice Services
South Gloucestershire Advice Services: We are part of this partnership funded by South Gloucestershire Council, led by Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire. This partnership consists of five local voluntary and community sector organisations – the other three involved are Age UK South Gloucestershire, Avon and Bristol Law Centre and North Bristol Advice Centre. The partnership provides welfare benefits and debt advice to residents of South Gloucestershire. For more information about this partnership, please click here
Bristol Advice Partnership
Bristol Advice Partnership: Talking Money is one of the six major advice agencies in Bristol, collectively known as the Bristol Advice Partnership. The other agencies are Avon and Bristol Law Centre, Citizens Advice Bristol, North Bristol Advice Centre, South Bristol Advice Services and St. Pauls Advice Centre. For more information about this partnership see our ‘Advice in Bristol’ report published in March 2016. This partnership also acts as a steering group for ACFA (formerly Advice Centres for Avon) and the individual agencies each carry lead responsibility for a particular stream of activity related to developing the advice sector in Bristol.
Wessex Financial Capability Forum
Talking Money co-leads the Wessex Financial Capability Forum along with Citizen’s Advice Bristol. A space for sharing resources and good practice, this forum has brought together a wide range of people from public, private and voluntary sectors to discuss and develop ideas on our common interests of improving the knowledge, skills and confidence of people to manage their money. Funding for this is provided by CFEB and is coordinated nationally by Citizens Advice. This forum currently meets on a quarterly basis. If you’d like to become a member, please contact Tamra Mannin, Talking Money’s Services Manager, who coordinates the forum.
BOOST Finance: Talking Money is a key partner in BOOST Finance, a project led by Barton Hill Settlement and the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA). The project aims to support residents of Barton Hill and the surrounding area to make safe financial choices and to fulfil their financial aspirations. Other partners involved in this project are Bristol Credit Union, BRAVE, The Society and Wellspring Healthy Living Centre.
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB)
Talking Money is proud to be part of the BAB partnership. BAB is a wide partnership of older people and organisations across Bristol who are working together to develop services and support for older people that address isolation and loneliness. The partnership is led by Age UK Bristol and in April 2014 secured £5.9 million from the Big Lottery Fund Fulfilling Lives; Ageing Better Programme.
Talking Money also works closely with:
Social housing landlords: Talking Money has created many close links with Registered Social Landlords in the city over the years, including developing a direct referral scheme with Knightstone Housing Association, and Solon South West Housing Association, who fund Talking Money to provide a ‘fast-track’ service to their residents.
Other voluntary and community sector organisations: We have various formal and informal partnership arrangements with other providers of information, support and advice. These include Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), WE Care and Repair, Homemaker Southwest, Barton Hill Settlement and Bristol Credit Union.
Talking Money is also a member of the following membership bodies:
ACFA (formerly Advice Centres for Avon): Central to Talking Money is being an active member of ACFA. With the commissioning and funding process always undergoing change, ACFA agencies have been working together to manage this and look at additional ways that agencies can work together in the future and secure free advice provision in the area formerly known as Avon. Talking Money also administers ACFA training on behalf of the network
AdviceUK: Talking Money is an active member of AdviceUK, the co-ordinating body for independent advice providers in the UK. AdviceUK is the UK’s largest support network for free, independent advice centres. It was formed in 1979 as the Federation of Independent Advice Centres (FIAC). As a UK-wide organisation, AdviceUK is a key member of the Advice Services Alliance.