Special event in Derry for those struggling to cope with bills

Debt Action NI adviser Sean Doran (right) with his colleagues Sean McCallion and Michael Lyttle, pictured at Dove House.
Debt Action NI adviser Sean Doran (right) with his colleagues Sean McCallion and Michael Lyttle, pictured at Dove House.

Advice NI and Dove House in Derry are joining forces with the Housing Executive to help support people who are struggling to pay their bills.

An event to provide assistance to local people will take place at The Junction at Bishop Street this Thursday, March 26th, from 3pm to 7pm.

Advisers will be there to help people make sure they are getting all the financial help they are entitled to and provide advice on how to manage money.

Last year Advice NI’s advisers successfully helped over 5,000 households make sure they maximised their household’s income.

Advisers checked eligibility for benefits, helped with budgeting and offered free confidential and impartial debt and money advice.

Sinéad Campbell, from Advice NI,welcomed the clinic taking place in partnership with the Housing Executive and Dove House. She said: “Many people can find paying all their bills a struggle. Getting advice can help to relieve stress and that’s why we are offering this confidential advice clinic in Derry. If anyone is finding it difficult to manage their money and wants support, we’re here to help.

“The advisers will chat about any money worries, look at the whole situation and advise on the options available. For example if they find a number of people are owed money the advisers can help negotiate with creditors. If you want to take action to deal with your money problems, and find a solution that suits you then do come along to The Junction at Bishop Street.”

Gerry Flynn, HE Landlord Services Director said:“We know many of our tenants are struggling financially which can leave them feeling stressed. We want to make sure they get the help and advice they need. We are delighted to work with Advice NI whose professional advisers provide good quality advice and support. They will aim to help those who contact them feel less stressed about their situation.”