People living in Ripley will have free help and advice on hand with the launch of a new weekly Citizens Advice outreach service in the town.
Ripley Library is the new home for the Monday morning service operated by Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts and funded by Ripley Town Council.
Celebrating the first session, Ripley Mayor Councillor Alwyn Bridge, said: “We want to ensure that people in our town continue to have the help and support they need close to home and our funding of this Citizens Advice outreach service provides this resource in the town.
“We want to get the message out to our communities, that Citizens Advice help is available to them.”
The free, confidential independent and impartial advice sessions are open to anyone who lives in the Ripley area.
Advisers can help with a broad range of issues such as housing, employment, debt, benefits, health and social care concerns.
The charity also provides specialist money advice and consumer rights support.
Welcoming the partnership Melanie Mallinson, internal operations manager at Citizens Advice Derbyshire District, said: “We are delighted to be working with the town council in providing our valued outreach service in Ripley.
“The library provides a perfect location at the heart of the communities.
“Our advice helps people stay in work, prevents housing evictions, keeps families together and reduces the cost of health interventions.”
Last year Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts helped more than 3,400 people in Amber Valley dealing with 18,500 problems.
More than £4m was secured in benefits and grants that people were entitled to but were not claiming.
Advisers also helped residents tackle more than £2.8m of debt.
Councillor Steve Freeborn, leader of Ripley Town Council, said: “This outreach service offering free and confidential advice to people in our Ripley community who are struggling is welcomed. Not only does it help the individuals themselves at a time of need, but it also helps the local economy too.
Sessions run Monday mornings from 09.30am. To book please contact Ripley Library on 01629 532982.
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