BANKIES are being encouraged to take part in a new budgeting course aimed at helping them make their finances go further during the cost of living crisis.

The course, which is free to access, is being launched to help people take control of their money and to offer helpful advice on how they can better manage their finances.

It will be available from August 22 at the Summerfield Centre in Whiteinch and is set to kick off at 10.30am, running until noon.

West Glasgow New Church and other local churches in the west of the city are partnering with national debt help charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to run the course for local residents.

Making ends meet

Adrian Bowman, who works with the Glasgow West CAP debt centre, said: “The past few months, even years, have been very challenging. Many people in Glasgow have seen sharp increases in their household bills, especially energy.

"Many would have found it hard enough to make ends meet even before these price rises and are now finding it much tougher still as the cost of living just goes up and up.

“We’ve all got different financial challenges but getting our money under control, preparing a budget, and having a clear picture of what’s coming in and going out is so essential to a happy and healthy life.

“The CAP Money Course can give you the tools you need to manage your cash and feel in control of your finances even if you are on a low income.”

The course will run for three weeks and will consist of weekly group sessions.

The sessions will be delivered by a trained CAP money coach however, much of these meetings will be given over to discussion and interaction.

Sessions will include building and balancing a budget, the CAP money system, as well as reviewing and maintaining your budget and savings.

For further information contact Maureen Burke on 07577 009020 or email