Edward started the Moneywise Plus project with little knowledge of digital skills, feeling that in a world where people are becoming more and more reliant on computers, he was at a disadvantage. Having been out of the labor market, he felt that his lack of IT skills was becoming a hindrance in both his ability to find work and manage his finances. This led to Edward having low self-esteem and confidence. 
 
When Edward met his advisor, Stuart, they sat down and made a step-by-step plan to teach Edward needed skills for both using technology and for managing his finances. Stuart also helped Edward research and apply for schemes such as Severn Trent's trust fund and set up a new bank account to help alleviate financial concerns. 
 
Since being a Moneywise Plus participant, Edward has also received a Laptop and Smartphone from our device donation scheme which has taken away the financial burden of having to find and buy these devices himself. With these devices, Edward has been able to access mobile banking, update his CV, check his email, and look for a new career. Having the ability to use these devices has also increased Edward's confidence and self-belief that he will get back into the job market with a stronger idea of the skills he can offer to potential employers. 
 
Edward still has some things to learn but is on track to finishing the Moneywise Plus project with some newly acquired skills to help in both his professional and personal life. 
 
If you relate to Edward, you may be eligible to receive Moneywise Plus services. If you are over 16 years of age, have the right to live and work in the UK and are not in any kind of paid employment, go to www.moneywiseplus.co.uk to check your eligibility, or just call 0300 003 7004. Moneywise Plus can provide tailored, practical support to negotiate the daily challenges we all face. 
 
Whether you need access to a laptop to apply for a job, or some advice on making ends meet, we are here. 
 
Want to make a difference? Moneywise Plus partners with Socialbox Biz, DMU Local, and Leicestershire Cares to give participants like Edward a much-needed digital device. After receiving a phone and laptop from our scheme, Edward was able to update his CV, check his bank account and get in touch with people as and when he needed  
 
If you happen to have a spare lying around, consider donating to Moneywise. It’s as easy as commenting below or sending us a personal message on social media. 
 
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