University of Bolton students host 'fun day' to explain benefits changes
WHEN students at the University of Bolton were tasked with coming up with a way of explaining the coalition government’s controversial welfare changes to people in the community — they came up with the idea of a family fun day.
The idea was to explain the benefits changes in a family friendly environment.
Community Studies degree students spent their summer holidays organising the event, which took place at the UCAN Centre in Tonge Moor this week.
Jodie Crockford, aged 26, from Bolton, who helped organise the event, said: “The welfare reforms will affect everyone from working age to pensioners.
“We wanted to organise an event where we could explain these huge changes in simple terms and get away from the jargon.
“Many people don’t want to think about the changes and we have made this a fun day for adults and children as way of encouraging them to attend the day.
“There is money which people who are entitled to are not claiming.”
As well as informing residents about welfare changes, there were be stands promoting a healthy lifestyle and ways to keep costs down such as growing your own vegetables.
Specialist advisers were on hand from Bolton at Home and Citizens Advice Bureau as well as other organisations to talk to residents, while children were able to take part in fun and games.
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