who we are

We are an independent, multi-agency partnership working together to improve the financial resilience of people and communities in Nottingham


Advice Nottingham
Age UK Notts
Big Issue
Cllr Graham Chapman – Deputy Leader, Nottingham City Council
Diocese Southwell & Nottingham
Emma Bates (independent)
Employment & Skills, Nottingham City Council
Hope Foodbanks
Housing Strategy, Nottingham City Council
Illegal Money Lending Team
Information & Research and Policy Welfare Reform, Nottingham City Council
Nottingham & Notts Refugee Forum
Nottingham City Homes
Nottingham Credit Union
Public Health
Strategic Commissioning, Nottingham City Council
Trent Debt Advice
University of Nottingham

Membership of the core group

The following people and organisations are members of the core group

Dr Shaun French, University of Nottingham (Chairperson)

Debbie Webster, Advice Nottingham (Treasurer)

Emma Bates, Partnership founder and sessional financial inclusion specialist

Peter Morley, Nottingham City Council

Rev David McCoulough, Church of England, Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham, and Transforming Notts Together

local financial resilience groups

We work with local groups in Aspley, St Ann’s and Sneinton, Bulwell, Clifton and Meadows and Bestwood. 

Key underpinning principles

Continuous community dialogue

Hub and spoke model: local groups feeding into and a city-wide strategic steering group.

High level strategic commitment

Cross-sector commitment approach, working as an independent group

Measuring our impact

Timeline of the Partnership

The work first began in Bestwood ward, with a ‘Sorting out Money’ event to identify needs and priorities and raise awareness of local services. Led to action plan agreed and establishment of Bestwood Financial Resilience group

Small invited city-wide ‘Financial inclusion planning for Nottingham’ meeting held at St Ann’s Advice Centre to discuss proposal for city-wide financial resilience plan and partnership.

Financial Resilience Core Group established:  Emma Bates (Financial Inclusion Support), Debbie Webster (Advice Nottingham), Shaun French (University of Nottingham), Ella Ferris (Nottingham Credit Union), and Michael Rowley (Nottingham City Council).  Core Group begin work to build partnership and develop city-wide action plan. Financial capability and education scoping reports for the city produced, and meeting of delivery partners held.

‘Sorting out Money’ events to identify needs and priorities, and raise awareness of local services organized in three other areas of high need: St Ann’s & Sneinton (October); Clifton & Meadows (November); Aspley (November).  Led to neighbourhood financial resilience workers groups in Aspley and St Ann’s & Sneinton, and work to develop local action plans.

A day long city-wide ‘Improving People’s Financial Resilience in Nottingham’ event held at St Nic’s Church, organised by the Core Group.  The Draft Financial Resilience Plan for Nottingham drafted by Emma Bates. The day-long event was attended by more than 100 representatives from the voluntary sector, the statutory sector and the financial services sector. The conference was opened by the Councillor Chapman, Deputy Leader NCC.

The Nottingham Financial Resilience Steering Group was established made up of senior representatives of key agencies to facilitate implementation of the Draft Financial Resilience Plan. The Steering Group meets on a regular quarterly basis.

‘Sorting out Money’ event held in Bulwell to identify needs and priorities and raise awareness of local services.

Nottingham Financial Resilience Partnership organizes the first Banking Summit.  The summit was held with local representatives of Barclays, Lloyds, Santander, Co-op, Halifax, HSBC, and was hosted by Nottingham City Council and chaired by Councillor Craham Councillor, Deputy Leader.

Second Banking Summit with representatives of Yorkshire Bank, Barclays Bank, the DWP, and Nottingham Financial Resilience Partnership members. Hosted again by Nottingham City Council.

Third Banking Summit hosted by Yorkshire Bank with representatives from Barclays, NatWest, Santander, DWP and Nottingham Financial Resilience Partnership members.

Publication of Helping Prevent and Improve Money Problems: Residents Perspectives in Nottingham Neighbourhoods by Emma Bates, Financial Inclusion Support, on behalf of the Nottingham Financial Resilience Partnership.

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