CAEB Launch Financial Capabilities Training Project

CAEB Benefit from Abri Community Fund to Deliver Financial Training to Clients

Citizens Advice East Berkshire (CAEB) has been awarded £3,000 of funding from Abri for their Financial Capabilities & Income Maximisation Training project in Bracknell. The project aims to provide free, impartial advice that can improve individuals’ and families’ financial capabilities and maximise income for those who may be otherwise struggling to manage financial pressures themselves.  

The training project will be delivered at the Columbia Centre, which is CAEB’s Bracknell base on the second Wednesday of each month beginning on April 10. Participants attending can expect help on numerous financial matters, including: 

  • Money management skills 
  • Financial decision making and goal-setting 
  • Welfare benefit advice and entitlement calculations 
  • Cost-of-living assistance and sign-posting to additional services where relevant 

Neil Parker, Business Development Manager at CAEB, said:

Research carried out by Citizens Advice in June 2023 shows that more and more of our clients have less money coming in than going out. They’re living on empty. So we seek to deliver this project as a direct response to the cost-of-living crisis and the funding from Abri will help us to reach as many people in need as possible.

Additional Info
The training is for Abri clients and CAEB clients in Bracknell and will be held at the Columbia Centre, Station Road, Bracknell, RG12 1LP. The training sessions are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at the following times:

10th April 12pm-1pm,                                      11th September 2.30pm – 3.30pm,
8th May 2.30pm – 3.30pm,                              9th October 12pm-1pm,
12th June 12pm-1pm,                                       13th November 2.30pm – 3.30pm,
10th July 2.30pm – 3.30pm,                             11th December 12pm-1pm
14th August 12pm-1pm,

If you wish to reserve a space on the training session please email

Abri Community Fund
The community fund is part of Abri’s commitment to empowering lives and creating thriving communities, making them better places to live. Abri has awarded nearly £90,000 from its community fund to support local organisations and projects between April 2022-March 2023.  

Cita Jagot, Abri’s Communities & Involvement Manager said: “More organisations across Abri’s geography are being supported than ever before as part of Abri’s new regional approach to delivering services. By splitting its operating areas into three, Abri will ensure its colleagues are even more visible, accountable and empowered to meet the specific needs of their customers and diverse communities.” 

Applications are decided on a resident panel made up of customers and those living in its communities. Shanie Clarke, an Abri customer and panel member, said: “I’m really excited that we have the opportunity to support these two projects as they continue to grow and have such a positive impact on our communities in the south east of England. Each project is really responding to a local need.” 


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