Fresh Start and Derby City Credit Union join forces to create a healthier community

Help your neighbours save £1600 this year

Fresh Start, Derby City Primary Care Trust’s stop-smoking service, and Derby City Credit Union have joined forces to develop a new project for the people of Derwent with the help of Derwent Community Team.

A bid for funding has been submitted to Derwent Community Team to develop the project and set up support posts. The project will aim to reduce smoking prevalence in Derwent and provide local access to credit union services, enabling people to budget wisely and save some of the money they were spending on cigarettes, once they have given up. A central part of the project will be the recruitment of volunteers to make Fresh Start services more user friendly as well as reaching out to those who may have found it difficult to access existing services.

Quitting smoking can be a tough time for many people, so extra support and guidance can make all the difference in keeping people motivated and off the cigarettes. There are many benefits gained from quitting smoking including a healthier lifestyle and healthier home. Another huge benefit that people experience is the extra money they have once they quit, and with the average price of a packet of 20 cigarettes being £4.48 it’s amazing just how much you can save. That’s just over £1,600 a year for a 20-a-day smoker.
Rebecca Hunter, Chief Executive of Derby City Credit Union says, “This is a fantastic new opportunity for local people to get real support as they quit. While members get all the professional help they need quitting the habit from Fresh Start, they will now also get somewhere safe, local and trustworthy to save their extra money and find out about budgeting and good money management rewards. We don’t tell people what they should spend their savings on, after all it’s their money, but it makes much more sense to save the extra cash for something special rather than let it filter into the normal household pot.”

Tim Burch, Fresh Start Development Worker says: “We are delighted to join forces with Derby City Credit Union to ensure we give the very best all round service to the people who join the scheme. Fresh Start has a great success record for people wanting to quit and stay quit. This project will be excellent for the people of Derwent, offering advice, support, nicotine replacement therapy and somewhere ethical to save their money. We hope to roll it out across the city if it proves successful.”

To make sure the project goes well and gets the right support and funding Fresh Start and Derby City Credit Union are looking for a local person to join their team on a voluntary basis to help take the project forward. Rebecca Hunter says, “This will be a really rewarding role for the right person giving them a say in how the project should run and who it should target in the Derwent area.”

If you think you might have something to offer or would like to know more, call Tim Birch at Fresh Start on Derby 224019.


Editors Notes:

Fresh Start has been running programmes to help people stop smoking throughout Derby and southern Derbyshire for eight years. The health benefits of stopping smoking start within one hour of quitting as circulation improves, and after six months of staying quit the risk of heart attacks, cancer and other smoking-related diseases begins to fall. 
Derby City Credit Union has been running for just over a year now and was developed to tackle and prevent poverty and its related issues here in Derby. Anyone who lives or works in the city can join, regardless of their financial status. The credit union is approved and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and currently funded by Derwent Community Team and ERDF obj II with the support of Derby City Partnership. The financial status of their members varies widely. Budget Buddies have been assigned to several people over the last year to help them address their financial problems and sort out issues like priority and non-priority debts.

Derby City Credit Unit branches:
No Appointment Necessary - open to all
For More Information call Kate Bowyer on 07815 424137

Sussex Circus Housing Office (Derwent)
Every Wednesday - 10.30am to 11.30am

The Big Building (Normanton) 
Every Wednesday - 2pm to 3pm

Sure Start First Steps (Allenton)
Every Wednesday - 12.30pm to 1.30pm

Derwent Delivers (Derwent)
Every Thursday - 9am to 12.30pm

Media contact: 

Rebecca Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of Derby City Credit Unit on
01332 203040/07980 759651 or email

Liz Limbert, Communications Manager at Derby City Primary Care Trust on
01332 224000, ext 6297 or email


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