Libraries help you make the most of your money

Libraries across North Yorkshire will celebrate Talk Money Week from 12 to 18 November.

Talk Money Week poster

This annual event celebrates the work of thousands of organisations that improve financial capability across the UK. The theme for 2018 is financial wellbeing and the focus is on what people can to do to save money and get the most from their income.

A variety of Talk Money events will taking place in libraries with organisations including Citizen’s Advice, the council’s adult learning and skills service, credit unions, Barclays Bank, Santander, NatWest Community Bankers, Age UK and others.

They will help people to find practical ways to save money, example by shopping online, switching to a cheaper energy supplier and avoiding fraud and scams. Staff from the council’s trading standards team will also be on hand to provide advice.

Harrogate, Scarborough, Skipton, Ripon and Selby libraries will showcase the Cheap as Chips collection of cook books - including titles by Jack Monroe, Jamie Oliver and Miguel Barclay - that offer advice on how to cook great meals on a budget.

County councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “Libraries have always been a place where people can access free expert advice and information, and Talk Money Week is a great example of this. There’s a fantastic range of activities across the county, including talks, drop-ins, and internet learning sessions, so there are lots of ways to find out how you can save, avoid fraud and make sure the cash in your pocket goes further.”

Events include:

Parenting on a budget

This three-week course, run by the council’s adult learning and skills service, will give parents of pre-school children ideas about managing this expensive time of year, including keeping food budgets down, especially as children will spend more time indoors. The three sessions will cover: cooking on a budget; arts and crafts for children; and entertainment ideas.

They will take place at Eastfield community library - More Than Books on 7, 14 and 21 November from 10am to 12 noon (call 01609 536606 for information) and at Scarborough library on 8, 15 and 22 November from 10am to 12 noon (01609 536602).

Saving Christmas

How to shop, save and stay safe online. Get Christmas all wrapped up with North Yorkshire’s adult learning and skills service.


How to avoid fraud and scams

Learn about online security and how to protect yourself, family and friends from scams with NatWest community bankers (Knaresborough and Skipton), North Yorkshire Trading Standards (Northallerton), Barclays (Northallerton and Richmond) and Santander (Supermobile)


Benefits check

You could be entitled to extra help in later life to give you more money in your pocket. Drop-in and meet staff from Age UK, who will help you find what you might be entitled to claim.


Money Talks coffee mornings

Discover practical ways to save money and make the most of your income with our money experts at our relaxed pop-up coffee mornings.


Talk Money information fair

Come along to our information fair and meet money experts from Citizens Advice, Age UK, Nationwide and South Yorkshire Credit Union at Scarborough library, on 15 November from 10am to 1pm. There will also be stands on fraud awareness and debt advice

Energy switch sessions

Join Rachel from Citizen's Advice to see if you can get a better energy deal by switching suppliers. Bring your current bill and all your relevant paperwork.


Citizen’s Advice drop-in sessions

This story was published 5 November 2018