Improving Lives in Wirral
Citizens Advice Wirral hosted an event on Friday 2nd October to bring a number of local organisations together to help us ‘Improve lives in Wirral’.
Councillors, and MP’s representatives and partner representatives were invited to the event at Rock Ferry One Stop Shop to hear about how Citizens Advice Wirral and Wirral Foodbank provide advice, and food which will help improve people’s lives.
The event demonstrated the range of advice over 17,000 local people receive from Citizens Advice Wirral, that help them overcome issues around employment, debt, and housing as well as consumer issues and much more.
Some issues can be dealt with quickly, others are more complex and need more specialist advice provided by Citizens Advice Wirral, or our partner agencies such as Advocacy in Wirral, Age UK, or Involve NW.
Richard Roberts, Trustee from Wirral Foodbank, said, ‘Wirral Foodbank provide emergency food for local people in crisis. We work in partnership with Citizens Advice Wirral, and other partner organisations that assess the needs of individuals who ask for a food voucher. They also provide advice and support to help individuals with the issues they may be facing and help with practical issues such as maximising income, sorting out benefit entitlement and filling out forms.
Richard went on to say, ‘By working in partnership, we can support Wirral residents at a time of crisis but also help to address any longer term issues that may result in them not having enough money to pay for food’
Philip Howley said, ‘Today’s event demonstrated how working together, we provide better services to help Wirral residents to improve their lives. Everyone attending, including clients who we have helped, were encouraged to share their views on issues on which we can all work together.’
‘One issue that was discussed is the increasing number of residents who are asset rich but cash poor. These residents are often unable to maintain their houses, or pay for essentials such as heating or food. Some residents often find it hard to ask for help or are unaware of the help available, and we need to promote advice services in ways that encourage all Wirral residents to get the help they need to improve their lives.’