Helping women in Barnet reach their full potentialJenny McCall introduces her not-for-profit organisation focused on helping women and girls in Barnet
BeLifted provides a safe and free place to get fit with your family, emotional support, book clubs for young girls, and importantly we offer free and personalised debt advice.
Based in Barnet, Brent and Camden boroughs, we have seen many successes in the time we have been operating. Put simply, we work to provide women and girls with opportunities to reach their full potential.
For example, our debt surgery provides welfare support for women at the Somali Bravanese Working Association (SBWA) in East Finchley, where we have helped 20 clients since last November.
The pandemic stripped many women of financial security and debt in the local area has risen. The debt charity Step Change has estimated that over half-a-million Londoners are in 'problem debt', with over 25,000 in Barnet.
BeLifted and SBWA work with the women to not only help them get out of debt but also provide them with the tools to stay out of debt. We have a regulated debt advisor who has even accompanied some of our cohort to court and won successful appeals.
One of our clients, who has epilepsy, had a huge amount of debt since she was unable to manage her budgeting by herself. She applied for a Personal Independent Payment in 2020 but the Department for Work and Pensions refused her application, only offering her a standard daily living allowance. She appealed the decision and through the support from BeLifted was able to win her appeal and be awarded an enhanced rate plus a backpayment of £6,000.
BeLifted also partners with a local organisation, Skills Exchange Project, which helps women to get back in to work. It offers women the skills and the training to work in sectors they had never thought they could get into, such as construction. We offer women a holistic approach, working on their digital skills, CV writing and interviewing techniques, as well as helping them understand the benefits they are entitled to if they have children, for example.
Our services are reliant on fundraising, so if you like the sound of what we do, please support us.
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