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And it’s a hello from me…

Hello!  It’s my first blog post after taking over from the wonderful Christine.  I’ve been made very welcome at Citizens Advice North Herts, and I am really excited to be joining such a wonderful team of staff and volunteers.  I would also like to thank Christine for being so supportive (I’ve never seen such a detailed handover spreadsheet!) and developing such a great programme of workshops and resources.   

A bit about me – I’ve come from Cambridge and Peterborough Mind where I worked for 5 years leading on mental health training and community engagement. Working on the Letchworth Financial Health project is a completely new area for me – but it’s good to have a new challenge!  What is similar is that I will be looking to get out and about in Letchworth; meeting new people, learning from them whilst sharing information and guidance on money matters.  This is not a role that is about sitting behind a desk!  

The other area that I think is so important is the link between our mental health and managing our finances. Not having enough money to afford the essentials such as food and heating, has a huge impact on our mental health – often causing depression and anxiety.  Helping people to sort out their debts or to understand budgeting or ensuring they are claiming the benefits that they are entitled to can really help improve mental health and wellbeing.   

So, I’m really looking forward to getting out there and supporting our community – if you see me out and about – please come and say hello!  

Kate 

Citizens Advice North Hertfordshire is an independent, local charity reliant on raising our own funds to carry out our work to improve the lives of residents in North Hertfordshire and parts of South Cambridgeshire. 

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