For almost 35 years the West Swindon Family Centre been providing care and support for local families.
Information and advice has always been an important feature of the centre’s activities, including how to access benefits advice to which people are entitled. The free financial and legal advice provided by the centre’s advice point service has supported over 300 individuals who have had a range of legal and financial requirements. Helping them has made a positive difference in the lives of people struggling with debt and confused by the benefits minefield.
The family centre ran an advice centre at Toothill Community Centre in 2014 but funding for the service which lasted six months ran out. With limited sources of money nowadays, the family centre is making a bid to the Toothill Big Local, the project which is distributing the £1 million allocated to the area by the Big Lottery.
The Toothill Big Local committee has set up an online voting system to give resident’s the chance to say if they want an application to be supported.
The project cost is £15,554 and the advice centre needs 250 votes in community support. Find out more about the application and find out how to register your vote here
Pictured above, advice service support worker Richard Stacey when he ran the advice service in 2014. Photo: Roger Ogle, Swindon Link magazine