Three weeks ago we launched our new Money Goals Advice Service providing free debt and benefits advice to the local community in Twerton, based at Bath City FC’s home ground.
On the first day, five people dropped in for advice. Just three weeks later and the service is proving so popular that every appointment for the next three weeks is booked up.
Individuals have turned to the service for support, as have local charities, including a charity dealing with domestic abuse, recognising the lifeline that the service can provide for their clients. Clients can get expert advice on how to deal with household debts, like council tax, utilities, and rent arrears, as well as guidance on benefits entitlement and more.
As in-demand as the service is, we encourage people with debt concerns to take the first step towards resolving these issues by getting in touch with us at the earliest opportunity. We will get them booked in and start to help them get the answers they need to move forward.
Les Redwood, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice – Bath & North East Somerset said:
“We are delighted with the rapid progress our Money Goals Advice Service is making in partnership with Bath City FC and Wessex Water. Our early successes are clearly showing that this service is much needed in this disadvantaged area of Bath and the service is already yielding great results from the help and support we’re providing to people in the area.
“There is still a long way to go, which is why we would like to see this partnership continuing and the possibility of establishing a permanent service, operating out of Bath City FC’s brand new stadium is of great interest to us.”
Carole Banwell, General Manager of Bath City Football Club said:
“Bath City Football Club have been so pleased to provide the space for this much-needed service. Ultimately, we would like to offer CAB a permanent space here, however, this would be dependent upon our Stadium redevelopment plans achieving permission. If our plans are not successful, we would have to reconsider our offer to CAB, which could deny access to this valuable service for the Twerton community.”
Click here to find out why this service is vital to the people in Twerton and Whiteway.