A brand new service funded by the Big Lottery to improve access to high quality advice in the Chiltern and South Bucks area was launched on 7th November.
Aimed at people in the local community who don’t know who to turn to for help, the Community Advice Network, known as CAN, offers a gateway so that residents in our area can ring ONE phone number 0300 323 0121 for help with problems such as debt, benefits, housing, employment, mental health and more. This puts clients through to an adviser who will talk through the problem and refer quickly to the partner organisation who can best help.
CAN is a partnership of local voluntary advice agencies, co-ordinated by Chiltern Citizens Advice Bureau. The other partners are Age UK Buckinghamshire, Carers Bucks, Mind Buckinghamshire, Bucks Floating Support and South Bucks Citizens Advice Bureau.
About 50 stakeholders attended the launch event who will help promote awareness of the CAN service in the community they serve. Dominic Grieve, MP for Beaconsfield said at the event, “Probably, in terms of free legal advice, this is the single biggest charitable activity taking place in the UK today, in terms of value, although few realise this as it’s people giving up their time rather than their money.”
Jan Ashworth, CAN Project Development Manager said: “Thanks to the expertise of our volunteers, staff and partners, the CAN project is already being looked at as a valuable asset to those accessing and using the service who are providing us with very positive feedback.”
Advice has a positive impact on our health and well-being, reducing stress and anxiety and empowering people to make positive changes to their lives. Call 0300 323 0121 for free, independent, confidential and impartial advice. For more information about CAN visit www.canhelp.org.uk or send a confidential email to email@example.com.