Big cash boost for Daventry advice service

Honour''Andy Nixon, Manager of Time2Talk, The Abbey Centre, Daventry, has recieved an MBE in the birthday honours.''Pictured: Andy Nixon

Honour''Andy Nixon, Manager of Time2Talk, The Abbey Centre, Daventry, has recieved an MBE in the birthday honours.''Pictured: Andy Nixon

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A new project helping people with advice on benefits and other areas will be launched after groups in Daventry received £198,876 in funding.

Citizens Advice Daventry and District was awarded the grant from the Big Lottery’s Advice Services Transition Fund, and will be sharing it with Time2Talk, Home Start and the Volunteer Centre.

The new service they will operate will be called Advicelink Daventry District.

Anne Bamfield, manager of the CAB, said: “With ever-increasing demands for advice, particularly in a year when the welfare reforms are being implemented, this additional money will strengthen our service and mean we can work in partnership with other agencies in the Daventry district.

“We are calling the new project Advicelink Daventry District with the aim of improved communications and streamlining of referrals between local agencies.

“We can now improve our marketing in the rural parts of the district, so that more people are aware of what is offered locally in the way of advice and information.

“Volunteers are a major part of this project and the partnership will bring about additional opportunities for volunteering. The CAB will also be able to offer sessions to clients on how to manage their money and budgeting.”

The whole project is about trying to help people nip problems in the bud before they become too serious.

Andy Nixon, from Time2Talk, said: “The details have yet to be set in stone, but it will be working around the issue of benefits and people’s finances, with the view that preventing people from getting into difficulties is better than cure.

“We at Time2Talk will be employing someone for a few hours a week to work out and about giving advice and doing preventative work with our target age groups.

“There are a lot of changes being made to the benefits system and this is about mustering the few resources we have these days to make the best use of them in helping people understand the new system and not to get into difficulties.

“The partnership side also makes it easier for any of us to refer people to other bodies in the group if they need their particular expertise.”

Dharmendra Kanani, Big Lottery director for England, said: “This is a chance to invest in a much-needed transformation of service so that they can adapt, respond to needs and survive.”