Public meeting to be held for new Melton bartering scheme

Amanda Stevenson, founder of Melton and District Money Advice Centre EMN-150906-130750001
Amanda Stevenson, founder of Melton and District Money Advice Centre EMN-150906-130750001
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Organisers of a new system of bartering for Melton people are preparing to hold a public meeting to launch the scheme.

The town’s Samworth Centre will host the gathering, between 1.30pm and 4pm on Thursday June 18, where anyone interested can learn more about it or sign up for the initiative which is aimed at helping those with money problems to do jobs for each other without having to pay.

Amanda Stevenson, who is organising the event, said: “This will be a great way to get those jobs done that people cannot afford to pay for.

“People will be able to build up credits in our community pot by doing jobs for others and then they can have work done for themselves.

“It could be decorating, gardening or lifts to hospital - the possibilities are endless.”

Anyone who wants to attend the public meeting, or to learn more about the scheme, can email amanda.madmac@gmail.com for information.

The scheme follows on from a report which revealed that 124 people with debt problems had sought advice from Melton Citizens Advice Bureau in the last year, with many struggling to pay rent and council tax bills.

And the National Debtline also announced it had received 351 calls during 2013 and 2014 from Melton and Rutland residents suffering with money issues.