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Debt Awareness Week
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Debt Awareness Week

Debt Awareness Week. Support free debt advice.

Each January we ask our partner organisations to promote free debt advice by running their own Debt Awareness Week. It’s a chance to share the message that nobody needs to deal with debts on their own and free and impartial advice is available.

We started running Debt Awareness Week because we know that millions of people are struggling with debt. Many of them aren’t aware that we can help them take control of their finances.

Debt Awareness Week 2016

This year we helped partner organisations run a variety of Debt Awareness Weeks throughout January. Over 400 partner organisations carried out a week of activity to promote free debt advice.

We also ran a DebtDay event on 18 January 2016 which opened the doors of the charity to see behind the scenes on one our busiest days of the year. We made hourly updates on the amount of debt reported to us, posted stories from the front line of debt advice, held debt advice clinics online and lots more.

Find out the difference free debt advice can make


When is Debt Awareness Week held?

We run Debt Awareness Week in January every year. January's traditionally our busiest time of year and when people start to deal with their debt problems.

Who can get involved in Debt Awareness Week?

Everyone! We want as many people as possible to share the message that free debt advice is available and can make a huge difference to many lives.

Previous Debt Awareness Weeks have been supported by banks, credit card companies, housing associations and major employers. We’ve also received a lot of support over social media and from our existing clients.

Want to be first to know about Debt Awareness Week 2017?

Sign up to our partner newsletter and we'll be in touch with more details nearer the time.

Find out about previous Debt Awareness Weeks

We have run Debt Awareness Weeks for the past three years. You can find out more about the activities that took place each year:

Debt Awareness Week 2014

Debt Awareness Week 2015

Debt Awareness Week 2016


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*The 'total debt' figure includes unsecured, secured and other debts reported from callers to our Helpline and Debt Advice teams, and via our online Debt Remedy tool, from 12.01am on Monday 26th January to 12 midnight on Sunday 1st February 2015.

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“I wish to thank your staff for all the great help they gave me when I was in so much debt.
They were a pillar of support to me.” (Leslie, Essex)

Foundation for Credit Counselling Wade House, Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG trading as StepChange Debt Charity and StepChange Debt Charity Scotland. A registered charity no.1016630 and SC046263. It is a limited company registered in England and Wales (company no:2757055). Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

*This is the average rating of our service on Feefo by DMP and DRO clients three months into their solution.

© StepChange Debt Charity 2016