Don’t wait: Citizens Advice are here to help

by | 16 October 2021 | Citizens Advice, Sherwood

At this time of year, we are starting to think about Christmas. But we know that due to recent changes, such as the end of the furlough scheme and the rise in energy bills, some people in our community are going to be worried about the cost of Christmas.

Jackie Insley, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark, said: “If you are struggling or think you are going to struggle, it’s always important to check what other help might be available. You’re not alone and there is support available. Everyone’s situation is different which is why speaking to an adviser may be helpful.”

Depending on your circumstances, support could include:

  • A benefits check: This will help you verify you’re getting all the support you’re entitled to. You can use an online calculator as a starting point.
  • Help with debt: Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark can provide guidance if you’re struggling with bills.
  • Free school meals: If you have children and you get certain benefits, you might be able to get free school meals for your children.
  • Food bank vouchers: If you can’t afford food you can ask for a referral from Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark or an organisation that’s already supporting you – for example, a charity, school or children’s centre – for a food bank voucher.

Get in touch

For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark:

  • General advice on 0800 144 88 48 or Relay UK – if you can’t hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say 18001 0800 144 8 444, Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm.
  • The local office number on 01623 861769, where you may be offered a call back.
  • Chat online to an advisor at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/contact-us.
  • Email advice@sn-ca.org.uk.