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Barclays announces three year partnership with Trussell Trust

A brand-new, three-year partnership between Barclays and the Trussell Trust will help people facing hunger to maximise their incomes and access impartial financial support.

The partnership aims to upskill food banks to provide financial advice and support to people struggling to afford the essentials.

The new partnership has three shared aims:

• To unlock income for people struggling to afford the essentials and help them to access the financial support they’re entitled to, but not receiving.
• To upskill food banks to provide bespoke support to tackle the underlying causes of hardship in their community.
• To design and deliver a training programme to food bank staff and volunteers, equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to provide effective financial support and advice.

Emma Revie, CEO of the Trussell Trust said: “Hunger is a symptom of poverty caused by not having enough money for the essentials, and unlocking financial support that families are entitled to but not receiving is part of the solution to ensure everyone has enough to make ends meet. As food banks in our network prepare for a challenging winter, this partnership could not come at a more crucial time.”

The partnership will work closely with food banks who have strong connections with their local community to ensure that people who visit are getting all the help and advice they need, including financial support. Together with the anti-poverty charity’s network of 1,300 food bank centres and Barclays financial expertise, both organisations hope to work towards a future where everyone can afford essentials such as food or heating.

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