Canterbury City Council partners with East Kent Mind to improve MoneySkills

Canterbury City Council recently provided East Kent Mind with a grant of £4,000 to develop a MoneySkills course. (More dates for the course have been announced in January at Revival Food & Mood in Whitstable.)

Cllr Connie Nolan (Cabinet Member for Community Engagement) said: “Canterbury City Council is delighted to support the MoneySkills course. We know that it’s always a stretch time at Christmas, with a lot of families getting into debt and one of the worst things you can do is to think you’re not alone. One of the great things about the MoneySkills course is that it proves you’re not alone.”

The MoneySkills course aims to help people master your finances. It runs over two sessions each lasting just over an hour. The course focuses on areas including:

  • Budgeting
  • Understanding overspending
  • How to manage debt
  • The ways mental health can affect how you deal with money
  • Money-saving hacks
  • Debt management
  • Benefit checker – what are you entitled to?

Cllr Connie Nolan continued: “The course covers things like debt management and how to make sure you are claiming every benefit that you’re entitled to. They also advise on how to deal with the debts that you’ve got and not become overwhelmed with them, and then once you’re on the right road – making sure that you’ve got a budget and you can stick to it.

(Pictured (l-r) are Deborah Haylett (Executive Director, Revival Food & Mood), Alison Small (Canterbury City Council Officer), Dr David Palmer (East Kent Mind CEO) and Cllr Connie Nolan)

“There are money saving hacks – they’re brilliant and not everybody knows about them, so it’s good to go along to a course like this where they’ve seen it all before and nobody is going to say how did you get into this situation or judge you. It is supportive and gives advice to people that desperately need practical help.”

The next course beings on Tuesday 23 January at 3pm. Part two is on Tuesday 30 January, with the venue for both sessions being Revival Food and Mood, 58 High Street, Whitstable.

If you would like to book your place on the MoneySkills course, please email: 

For more information about East Kent Mind and the other courses available, please visit our website at:

To see an interview with Cllr Connie Nolan, talking about the MoneySkills course, click below:

CCC grant to EKM from Mind in Bexley and East Kent on Vimeo.