The festive season can bring a much needed break but for some this time of year can be a time of financial difficulty.
Knowing who to turn to for advice can be part of the problem especially if you are in a crisis situation.
That’s why NHS Lanarkshire has developed a free integrated app for mobile phones designed to help Lanarkshire residents affected by benefit changes or financial issues to navigate and find services or welfare advice that can help when they most need it.
The app, ‘Lanarkshire Money Worries’, has been created and designed by professionals who support people affected by financial difficulties.
The user friendly design and concise content is split into four colour coded sections: Housing & Bills, Money, Work and a Help Now section for times of emergency.
Carol Chamberlain, Senior Health Promotion Officer in Health Inequalities explained: “In the present landscape where we attempt to tackle inequalities, the aim with this app is to raise awareness and provide local action on money problems with patients, staff and local communities. Users can click on one section that is most relevant to them and find additional subsections that can be clicked on to obtain valuable information and phone numbers that can range from energy saving advice, dept, health problems or disabilities at work to more urgent help for emotional distress, social work and emergency health care. The handy app will help Lanarkshire residents find the most appropriate help for their situation. Further to this, staff in supportive roles can download and keep the app with them so they can easily signpost their service users”
Partners involved in the design of the app were both North and South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnerships.
To download ‘Lanarkshire Worries’ visit: