Five local advice providers in the Derry City Council area have been awarded with £570,000 in funding from Derry City Council and the Department for Social Development (North West Development Office).
Welcoming the funding provision, the Mayor Councillor, Brenda Stevenson said it was good news for the community sector and a good use of public funds.
“The demand for advice services has grown substantially both in quantity and complexity, resulting in client enquiries becoming more complex and time consuming. Derry City Council acknowledged this and developed a sophisticated and effective process for assessing the funding levels to advice providers in the area to ensure a high quality and efficient service delivery,” she said.
Noel Munnis, Head of Leisure, Culture and Community Service, explained that Council operates a Charter Mark system to ensure delivery of a quality service and praised the partnership approach adopted by Council and the Department for Social Development in adopting the system.
“Both Derry City Council and the Department for Social Development have been recognized as leaders in quality advice provision and we are delighted to be making substantial resources available to five local advice centres to provide free advice provision across the Council area,” he added.
The five advice centres benefiting from this provision include:
Citizens Advice Bureau, Dove House Community Trust, The Resource Centre Derry, Northwest Advice Services (GIAS), and Rosemount & District Welfare Rights.