Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District secures funding to provide money management sessions

Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District has received £5,000 to fund budgeting and money management sessions for vulnerable people in the area.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District offers free, impartial advice on a range of issues, including benefits, debt, housing, employment and family relationships, supporting people in a variety of ways.

This grant will enable the charity to deliver support around managing finances for people who are living in poverty or with unmanageable debt. The charity’s objective is to help people take control of their finances by giving them the skills to manage budgets effectively, maximise income and increase their understanding of the financial opportunities available to them. Those attending the group sessions who need additional help will also receive assistance from the charity’s one-to-one advisory service.

Liz De Villiers at Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District said: “The grant from the Santander Foundation will enable us to offer the most vulnerable people in our community the support they need to alleviate the money worries that so often have a devastating knock-on effect on people’s lives. Help with money management improves people’s mental and physical health and enables them to turn their lives around.”

John Brosnan, Branch Director at Santander’s Tunbridge Wells branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”


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Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander 
Email:      Tel: 020 7756 4543

Liz De Villiers at Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District 

About Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District

Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells and District gives people the advice, support and confidence they need to face the issues affecting their lives today. Its vision is that no one in the local area suffers because of a lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities or because they’re unable to express their needs. The service is free, impartial and available to everyone, but the vast majority of beneficiaries are those experiencing social and/or economic disadvantage, including people living with physical disabilities, poor mental health, poverty, debt, relationship issues, domestic abuse and homelessness or threat of eviction. For more information please visit:

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2017, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c19,500 employees and operates through 806 branches (which includes 61 university branches) and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.