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Northern Ireland Savings Week

Northern Ireland Savings Week is back! As a week-long recognition of the importance of saving, this year’s Northern Ireland Savings Week (20th -24th September) is a key event on the calendar, and part of our ongoing commitment to establishing health savings habits so that people can feel more in control of their finances.

Over the last 18 months people’s lives and personal circumstances have changed dramatically and for this year’s campaign we are continuing to focus on the topic of mental health and, more specifically, the link between financial and emotional wellbeing, encouraging people to ‘Open Up’ about the impact that money worries can have on their mental health.

Now in its 4th year, Savings Week is an opportunity to help raise awareness of the benefits and importance of saving on a regular basis, encouraging people to not only think about saving, but prioritise it, and begin to consider the positive change it can have on their lives.

 

Action Mental Health

Action Mental Health, which was founded in 1963 in Downpatrick, has for the past 57 years been dedicated to promoting mental health and wellbeing of people in Northern Ireland. Working across NI, Action Mental Health offer a range of services from therapeutic counselling for people of all ages to personal development, vocational skills and employability training options.

Action Mental Health has been working hard over lockdown to ensure that people in Northern Ireland have access to the vital support they need during this time of uncertainty and apprehension. As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and despite additional government support, people are having to make difficult financial choices, and this is even more of an issue for people who were already experiencing mental health problems.

Action Mental Health has shared some tips in their blog post Money and Mind. You can also check out their website to see just how Action Mental Health could help you.

The Consumer Council

We are also partnering with The Consumer Council, who have supported Northern Ireland Savings week since it began in 2018; they provide free, independent support and advice for all consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland and are here to make sure that those who are trying to save know where to start.

The Consumer Council believe that saving money is not only about setting some of your income aside, but also looking at how you spend money, knowing where it is going and reducing some of your costs. Check out the Consumer Council’s free online budgeting tool which provides you with a spending report that allows you to easily review your spending and see where your money is going, helping to take the stress out of money management.

You can also read our blog post titled Boost your savings by changing the way you think which could help you start on that saving journey towards improved financial wellbeing.

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