A community centre’s work to raise awareness of the perils of illegal money lending has led to a £3,000 award.
East Durham Homes supported the week-long event, which helped to raise awareness of the dangers of getting involved with loan sharks and signposted residents to their local credit union and other support services.
Heather Wake, Senior Employment and Support Officer at East Durham Homes said: “We whole heartedly supported Bite Back to highlight to residents that if they are victim of illegal money lending activities, that this is nothing to be ashamed of, and support is available.
“It’s fantastic that our collaborative work with other organisations has been recognised, and this funding will be sure to benefit local people.”
Tony Quigley, Head of Service for the England Illegal Money Lending Team, said: “Well done to all our winners. You have all contributed to making a difference and tackling this crime in your community.
“Loan sharks are a scourge on society and cause harm and misery to their victims. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a loan shark, we urge you to get in touch.”
To report a loan shark:
- Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
- Text a report to 078600 22116
- Visit the website stoploansharks.co.uk
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Private message us on www.facebook.com/stoploansharksproject
Picture above: (left to right)Denise Brooks from Shotton Community Centre, Cath Williams from England Illegal Money Lending Team and Heather Wake from East Durham Homes.