North Bristol Advice Centre

About North Bristol Advice Centre

North Bristol Advice Centre is staffed by highly experienced Advisers who can provide expert advice and information on welfare benefits and debt.

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Finance, benefit and debt

Overview

North Bristol Advice Centre employs 18 staff and 11 volunteers, delivering information, advice and a range of community projects with the needs of our clients and local communities at the heart of all we do.

What we do

Debt Advice

Our specialist Debt Advisers can do the following:

  • Explain your options for dealing with debt to you.
  • Contact your creditors for you.
  • Stop or help manage enforcement action by creditors – eviction,bailiffs,court action etc.
  • Check that you are getting the right income or benefits.
  • Explain which debts are most important.
  • Complete a financial statement with you.
  • Talk to you about Money Management.
  • Debt Relief Order (DRO) Applications

All our advice is free, confidential and non-judgemental

Welfare Benefits Advice

If you are having problems with welfare benefits, we can help you.

  • We can check that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to.
  • We can advise you on how to appeala benefit decision or ask for it to be looked at again.


Pennywise Project

  • Ways to maximise your income
  • Details of grants available & help to apply
  • Access to the best account for you to manage your money
  • Help to set a household budget that works for you
  • Ways to spend less & get more for your money when shopping
  • Ideas to cut costs on childcare & activities
  • Advice to reduce bills & use less energy
  • Smoothing the way when switching between benefits & work

The scheme is open to first-time social housing tenants over 25, or social housing tenants over 25 who are moving into or out of work.

Where we do it

Debt Drop In

Lockleaze Office: Thursday mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm
Shirehampton Health Centre: Tuesday mornings from 9.30 - 12.00 pm. No appointment is needed, just come along on the day and you can speak to one of our Specialist Debt Advisers/DRO Intermediaries.

Welfare and benefits advice

We hold weekly Drop-In sessions at our Lockleaze office and at outreach centres across North Bristol and South Gloucestershire. No appointment is needed, just come along on the day and you will be able to speak to a specialist Welfare Benefits Adviser. 

Pennywise Project

A "Money Mentor" will be based at North Bristol Advice Centre's Lockleaze office.

 

How to access

To access our services just drop into one of our drop in sessions, all listed below

Monday 
9.30 - 12.30 - Lawrence Weston - Drop-In

2.00 - 4.00 - Horfield Prison - By Appointment Only

Tuesday

9.30 - 12.30 - Lockleaze - Drop-In

10.00 - 12.00 - Shirehampton - Debt Drop-In

Wednesday

9.30 - 10.30 - Lockleaze - Bristol Credit Union Collection

9.30 - 12.30 - Kingswood - Drop-In

10.00 - 12.00 - Shirehampton - Drop-In

10.30 - 12.30 - Coniston - Drop-In

1.30 - 3.30 - Patchway - Drop-In

2.00 - 4.30 - Lockleaze - ABLC Housing Advice - By Appointment Only

Thursday
9.30 - 12.30 - Lockleaze - Debt Drop In

3.00 - 5.00 - Southmead Hospital (Oakwood Ward) - By Appointment Only

1.30 - 4.30 - Southmead - Drop-In

Friday

9.30 - 12.30 - Henbury - Henbury Children's Centre - Clients Only

 
Pennywise Project

To find out more about Money Mentors and how they can help, please call the Pennywise team on 0117 970 4548 or emailpennywise@placesforpeople.co.uk or contact your housing officer.

Alternatively:

click here for debt self help manuals and further advice.

click here for welfare and benefits advice self help manuals.

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Mental and physical health

Overview

We provide welfare benefits advice and if required tribunal preparation on matters involving ESA, DLA, PIP and other disability related benefits.

What we do

We provide welfare benefits advice drop in sessions, appointments and if required tribunal preparation on matters involving ESA, DLA, PIP and other disability related benefits.

Where we do it

Lockleaze

Southmead Health Centre

Ridingleaze Housing office, Lawrence Weston

Park Centre, Kingswood

Patchway Health Clinic

Coniston Community Centre

Shirehampton Health Centre

For times and dates of these drop in sessions please click here

How to access

Our intitial advice sessions are drop in only, we do not offer appointments to new clients or previous client who are not currently in the process of receiving advice from us. 

Our drop in services at the locations stated above are run on a first come first served basis.

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Education, training and employment

Overview

North Bristol Advice Centre offers a number of free to access courses and open drop in sessions to assist people with careers, job search and IT skills. Please see our website for full details.
www.northbristoladvice.org.uk

What we do

North Bristol Advice Centre offers a number of free to access courses and open drop in sessions to assist people with careers, job search and IT skills. Please see our website for full details.
We also have for hire a modern training and conference facility, available to businesses, private hire, voluntary organisations, local authority uses, please visit our website to make enquiries and bookings.
www.northbristoladvice.org.uk

 

 

Where we do it

The Langley Centre,

Behind 2 Gainsborough Square,

Lockleaze, 

Bristol,

BS7 9XA

How to access

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