Libraries across North Yorkshire will celebrate Talk Money Week from 12 to 18 November.
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.”
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).
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- Harrogate library, 13 November, 10am - 12.30pm, 01609 536658
- Skipton library, 14 November, 10am - 12.30pm, 01609 534548
- Selby library, 15 November, 10am - 12.30pm, 01609 534521
- Ripon library, 16 November, 10am - 12.30pm, 01609 536623
- Knaresborough library, 16 November, 2pm - 4.30pm, 01609 536610
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)
- Northallerton library, talk, 14 November, 1pm - 3pm, 01609 533832
- Supermobile, drop-in, Buckden, 14 November, 10.30am - 12.30pm
- Supermobile, drop-in, Kettlewell, 14 November, 2pm - 4pm
- Knaresborough library, talk, 16 November, 2pm - 4pm, 01609 536610
- Skipton library, drop-in, 17 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 534548
- Richmond community library, talk, 14 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 534580
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.
- Ingleton community library, 12 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 534504
- Settle community library, 13 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 534535
- Northallerton library, 14 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 533832
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.
- Harrogate library, 13 November, 10.30am - 12 noon, 01609 536658
- Skipton library, 15 November, 10.30am - 12 noon, 01609 534548
- Ripon library, 16 November, 10.30am - 12 noon, 01609 536623
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.
- Settle community library, 14 November, 2pm - 4pm, 01609 534535
- South Craven community library, 14 November, 10am - 12 noon, 01609 534502