Free help and advice on a wide range of issues, including debt, consumer problems and energy issues, is now available in Glascote, Stonydelph and Amington, following the launch of a new outreach partnership.
Tamworth Advice Partnership is a new project, which has been funded for two years by the Big Lottery Fund. It brings together partners including Tamworth Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK South Staffordshire, Tamworth Centre for Voluntary Services, Beat the Cold, Community Together CIC and Tamworth Borough Council.
The aim of the partnership is to allow the groups to work with each other, community groups and local people to identify and address needs and problems. The partnership has now set up weekly help and advice sessions at three community venues in Glascote, Stonydelph and Amington, which are available by appointment only.
The sessions are: • Glascote ARCH (Glascote Library, Caledonian), Monday 10am-2pm • Stonydelph ARCH (St Martin’s Church, Ellerbeck), Tuesday 10am-2pm • Amington ARCH (One Stop Community Centre, Kerria), Friday 10am-2pm
It is also hoped that advice sessions will soon be offered in Belgrave, once suitable premises have been found. Each outreach session offers four appointments, which can be made by calling 01827 305952.
Cllr Jeremy Oates, Cabinet member for Community Development and Voluntary Sector, said the formation of TAP and the outreach sessions will improve the lives of residents by giving them access to help and advice on their own doorsteps, on issues which directly affect their lives.
He said, “Tamworth Borough Council is proud to be part of the new Tamworth Advice Partnership. By working together, we can ensure that the vital issues are addressed and that people are getting the help and support they need, in community venues which are convenient to them.”
TAP hopes to extend the services on offer in the ARCHes to include education and awareness raising activities to allow people to gain new skills and to help vulnerable people to overcome barriers.
As well as face-to-face advice sessions, TAP is also looking to extend the service to provide advice by telephone and email, as well as social media and information films.