Money advice you can bank on

HELPING HAND ... offering free money advice at West Harton Action Stations are manager Keith Hardy, development worker Louise Barbe and service user Harris Morgan.
HELPING HAND ... offering free money advice at West Harton Action Stations are manager Keith Hardy, development worker Louise Barbe and service user Harris Morgan.

PEOPLE with money worries are being offered a helping hand with the launch of new advice sessions in South Tyneside.

West Harton Action Stations in Boldon Lane, South Shields, is offering people the chance to talk over their financial worries with a trained advisor.

The new sessions – delivered by the Money Advice Service on behalf of Age UK – have been made possible with cash from South Tyneside Community First Panel.

Co-ordinator Louise Barbe said: “When we moved from our previous building, we lost our welfare rights advisor, but the feedback we were getting was that people needed advice on their financial matters.

“After being able to secure funding, with the support of our local councillors, we are now able to offer this new money advice service.”  

The trained advisor is available via an appointment system only, and can help on a range of debt-related matters, including ways of getting out of debt, staying out of debt and managing budgets.

The advice service, which operates every Tuesday, is available to all ages, and is confidential.

Ms Barbe added: “At the moment the advice service is running once a week, but if the demand is there, we could look at increasing the number of days.

“Anyone who is worried about money should contact us and make an appointment to speak to our advisor.”

Anyone who would like information on what West Harton Action Stations has to offer or to make an appointment with the money advice service should contact 455 8122.

Twitter: @shieldsgazlisa