Advice service to help those most in need

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A one-stop hub offering help and advice to residents in ‘one of the country’s most deprived areas’, has been launched in Woughton.

People will now be able to get advice on a range of topics including debt management and council housing repairs, thanks to the launch of a new advice centre.

The Woughton Advice Service, based in Farthing Grove, was officially opened by Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, on January 7.

Visitors had the chance to seek advice on a range of services offered by professionals .

They included Alison Batreman, of Jephson Estates, and representatives from Milton Keynes Council’s housing department.

The centre will host a Job Club between 1pm and 3pm every Monday and an under-25s drop-in service every Tuesday between 3.30pm and 5pm.

There will also be help for those seeking to get ‘Back to Work’ every third Wednesday of the month and a Councillors’ Surgery to held every Thursday between 9am and 10am.

Keith Temple, Woughton Community Council External Communications officer, said: “We are responsible for one of the most deprived regions in the country. Consequently, we have above average unemployment, deprivation, health, finance and social issues.

“ Our key targets are youth, poverty and food this year. WCC has approved a groundbreaking initiative for the MK area to provide a one-stop hub for advice, support and signposting.

“With the aid of various grants, it is being developed further and currently being equipped with laptops for residents to use. Citizens’ Advice, MK Housing, Mitie, Job Club, the Benefits Office, police, councillors, and IXION are all participating and the list is growing. We have now also established an under 25s section at the centre,” he added.