StepChange Debt Charity is a UK-registered charity that provides free debt advice to help you overcome your debt problems. We assisted over 500,000 UK citizens in 2015 (for more stats read our Stats Yearbook).
However we want people to avoid unmanageable debt in the first place. To help, MoneyAware gives advice and information to help you from falling into debt problems – the point at which the bills go unpaid, bank fees and charges mount and the worries and stress grow.
Alongside the MoneyAware blog we’re also on Twitter and Facebook, writing about the latest news, explaining debt and credit advice clearly and chatting with you about how to keep yourself from worrying unduly about debt.
About the StepChange MoneyAware authors
Rory, James, Rachel, Jenny and Peer form the StepChange Debt Charity Digital Content team. With years of experience in debt advice, social media and writing reet good stuff, we’re here to help you understand the minefield of consumer credit and what you can do to avoid debt problems.
Rory Marshall joined the MoneyAware team in 2014 after working as a debt advisor and helpline advisor for the charity. His background is in banking and finance, but his passion is digital media and technology. Rory has visited half of all the countries in the EU and aims to eventually visit them all…one day!
James Winterbottom has been a debt advisor for many years. Away from work he is an amateur app developer and writes fiction. James is a lifelong supporter of Huddersfield Town football club, which suggests he is either very loyal or very daft. He also likes to talk about himself in the third person in bio pages.
Rachel Connor has been with the charity for more than five years, starting in Helpline before joining the MoneyAware team in 2012. Rach enjoys travelling, video games and creative writing in her spare time (currently penning her first in a series of novels). She had a previous life as head writer on Cartoon Network’s Ed Edd n Eddy. She also writes comics for Regular Show and Adventure Time.
Peer Lawther is a social media planner and doer for StepChange Debt Charity after working in online marketing for museums, video game companies and more. He’s walked to the top of every mountain and hill in the Lake District. Twice.
Jenny Carter is the latest arrival on the team joining in October 2014 with a background in ecommerce and copywriting. She enjoys cooking, adventures in new places and drawing but would describe her style as more ‘advanced doodling’.
Alongside the Digital Content team, MoneyAware also features contributions from the people on the frontline – our debt advisors and Helpline staff. We encourage everyone within StepChange Debt Charity to submit blogposts and articles, to show a more rounded picture of our charity and its aims. We want to showcase the people that helps the public to get out of personal debt.
We also accept articles from third party websites and contributors, if their ideals and ethics tie in with ours. For more information send us a message on Twitter.
Our social media guidelines
We wholeheartedly agree in being open in how we present ourselves on social media. As such you’re welcome to read our social media guidelines (Microsoft Word doc, last updated in January 2013).
Our older MoneyAware blogpost articles tended to be illustrated by photographs from Flickr.com. We only used photos under a ‘Creative Commons’ or ‘Some Rights Reserved’ license and we always credited the photographer. The photo would always link to the photographer’s profile, and we also highlighted the usage on the photograph’s Flickr page.
If you have any questions about the guidelines or our Flickr photo usage policy please email the MoneyAware team.
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We reserve the right to edit or remove any comment(s) that violates our social media guidelines or that we otherwise determine is not appropriate, for example, defamatory, obscene, or proprietary (whether relating to StepChange Debt Charity or a third-party).