21 Talks Episode 4 - Financial Wellbeing, Housing 21’s Tenancy Gurus and Helping Hands Fund

In 2021, Housing 21 launched a new scheme aimed at providing specialist training for employees to act as Tenancy Gurus. These colleagues are part of a commitment to help residents sustain a healthy tenancy, preventing issues, such as rent and service charge arrears, before they arise. They’re also key to delivering Housing 21’s Helping Hands Fund, which offers residents a one-off grant for when something unexpected arises affecting their financial wellbeing.

In this episode of 21 Talks, host Nikki-Leigh Dipper, Business Improvement Officer at Housing 21, sits down with residents David and Emma (not their real names) who have both received support through our Tenancy Gurus initiative to share their experiences and advice on seeking financial support and advice.

Next to them, are guest panellists and Court Managers Jessica Ettridge and Julie Izzard, who have both been heavily involved with the initiative to talk more about how this approach is enabling independent living through financial confidence, dignity and autonomy, as well as how it collectively saved residents £700,000 in its first year.

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Further information:

Episode time stamps

00:00 – Introduction
02:21 – Why was Tenancy Gurus first setup?
04:43 – Guests share their stories about the support the received through Tenancy Gurus
14:00 – Brief summary of what Helping Hands is
14:20 – Tenancy Gurus share their stories on support provided to residents
17:09 – More about the helping hands fund and Housing 21’s Make A Difference (MAD) days
18:47 – Information on how to apply for the Helping Hands fund
19:13 – Stories from guests and Tenancy Gurus about how Helping Hands has helped residents
26:10 – What’s next for Tenancy Gurus?
27:14 – Guests sum up the Tenancy Gurus initiative in one word
27:56 – Advice for listeners who are struggling to talk about money
29:15 – Outro

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