Free debt advice event to help stop Sunderland households getting into difficulty

Graeme Miller
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A FREE event to help people take control of their cash in the run up to Christmas is being held in Sunderland city centre next week.

Specialists will be on hand to provide information, tips and advice on a whole range of issues from maximising your income and making your money go further to saving and how to get help if you’re in financial trouble.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, said: “As a council we know that lots of people find themselves struggling at this time of year after keeping the kids entertained over summer, then with Christmas looming it’s all too easy to get into debt.

“Anyone already in debt will know all too well about the risk of slipping further in, while for those who are struggling, debt can often seem to be the only answer to their problems.

“We recognise it’s an issue. But there are things people can do to help themselves which is why we’re supporting SHARP who are coordinating an event involving a range of advice providers and services.

“We hope it will arm people with the information and advice they need to help them take control of their money.”

Emma Frew, Chief Officer for SHARP (Shiny Row Advice and Resource Project), added: “Being in debt, or struggling to make ends meet can feel very daunting, many people feel isolated with no-one to turn to, and many people end up feeling ill with worry.

“Often the outcome is people burying their heads in the sand. We are co-ordinating this event in the city centre so that people can drop in and have a chat with a whole range of local agencies who can provide FREE advice and support to help people to deal with their issues in a positive way.”

The event is being held at Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre in Fawcett Street, Sunderland between 10am-2pm on Wednesday 17 September and is open to everyone.