SO18 Big Local recognises that there are some challenges facing local people that we are unable to help with ourselves directly, as we do not have the expertise. Therefore in some instances we “buy in” services to bring help to the local area.
We currently procure SARC (Southampton Advice and Representation Centre) to provide twice-monthly advice sessions for local people who need support with employment law issues, or help with benefits. We also procure Frontline Debt Advice who provide support to those with money worries, debt issues or needing benefits advice.
In the future we will also be exploring Credit Unions and ways of training local people to help run them (see also Employment, Jobs & Enterprise).