Help available over the Christmas period for those in need

Help available over the Christmas period for those in need

Help and advice is still available for people in need over the Christmas period while the Tamworth Advice Centre closes for the festive break.

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Help and advice is still available for people in need over the Christmas period while the Tamworth Advice Centre closes for the festive break.

Tamworth Advice Centre, based in Marmion House, will close at 4 pm on Thursday December 21 and will reopen at 9.30am on Wednesday January 3, 2018. For anyone requiring help and support during this time, the Adviceline will be on hand to answer calls and give free advice.

The Adviceline contact number is 0344411111 and is available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm (excluding bank holidays).

Information is also available online by visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk

Anyone who is really struggling to make ends meet may also be able to get help from the Tamworth Foodbank based at Manna House in Glascote Road or St Andrew’s Church in Leyfields. The facility is open until December 22 and reopens again on January 2. Help is available through food vouchers which can be issued by Customer Services teams at Tamworth Borough Council. Please take a mini bank statement and proof of ID to Marmion House for your voucher to be issued. Opening Times are: Monday to Thursday 8.45am – 5.10pm and Friday 8.45am – 5.05pm. (Closed at bank holidays).

Victims of crime who need information, advice or support can call the Staffordshire Victim Gateway on 03330 0881 339. During the holiday period, December 23 to January 1, calls will be answered between 10am and 3pm.

Dawn Green from Tamworth Advice Centre, said: “We expect to be busy when we reopen therefore we have increased our staff numbers to make sure we can help all those who need us.

“Anybody needing advice on January 3 should visit Marmion House between 9.30am and 4pm, no appointment necessary. Extra staff resource will be put on in the New Year for people who have struggled over the festive period.”

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Cabinet member for Communities & Wellbeing, said: “Tamworth Advice Centre offers a valuable service for people in need. Anyone who is looking for help and advice while the office close for their Christmas break, please don’t hesitate to call the Adviceline and be assured that someone will listen and offer support.”

Tamworth Advice Centre is run by Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire in partnership with Tamworth Borough Council.