Citizens Advice across rural Dorset is expecting demand for their services to rise over the next few weeks and months. With funding from Dorset Council, they have re-opened all their face-to-face library sessions and will be offering money management advice.
Helen Goldsack, chief officer, Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck, said: “Our income maximisation sessions are led by specialist advisers who are able to advise on a range of money-related topics with the aim of helping people to budget and manage their finances more confidently.
“Our advisers will help people to have a better understanding of their welfare benefit entitlements, as well as how to apply for charitable grants and any other discretionary help which may be available. We can also provide debt advice.”
Cllr Laura Miller, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer and Community Services, said: “These are worrying times for many people and it’s important that we all work together to support those facing financial challenges. Our libraries are a trusted destination for important information and I’m glad Dorset Council can help in the delivery of this vital support service. I urge anyone who may be struggling with their day-to-day spending to contact Citizens Advice Dorset and book a session with one of their brilliant advisers at your nearest participating library.”
Income maximisation sessions must be pre-booked by calling the Dorset Adviceline on 0800 144 8848, or residents may be referred by a Citizens Advice adviser. Library staff are also able to refer people to the service.
Citizens Advice Library Sessions:
- Bridport Library: Tuesday, 10am-12noon
- Dorchester Library: Monday, 10am-12noon
- Swanage Library: Monday, 10am-12noon
- Upton Town Library: Tuesday, 10am-12noon
- Ferndown Library: Thursday, 10am-4pm
- Weymouth Library: Tuesday & Friday, 10am-1pm
For free, confidential advice and support, call the Dorset Adviceline on 0800 144 8848 or visit www.citizensadvicedorset.org.uk for details of your nearest Citizens Advice.
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