A2Dominion celebrates one year anniversary for its Ealing Advice Plus service
Residential property group A2Dominion this month celebrated the one year anniversary of Advice Plus Ealing, its free advice service for local residents.
Held at Ealing Town Hall on the 14 July, the anniversary session opened its doors to more than 40 residents alongside key partner organisations including Catalyst Housing, Ealing Council and mental health charity, Mind.
Advice Plus Ealing was set up in July 2015 to tackle the impact of welfare reform, levels of poverty and to help more local people get into work.
The free advice service, which is available to all Ealing residents, has seen almost 150 residents get help on managing finances, getting into work and tips on healthier living over the past year.
Ealing Councillor, Aysha Raza, who attended the anniversary session, said:
“As a councillor it is extremely useful to be able to help residents access the information they need. I have seen a sharp increase in the need for advice services during austerity, so it is great to see a service like this being delivered.”
Heather David, Head of Community Investment at A2Dominion said:
“In a competitive job market where five Ealing residents apply for every job vacancy, we have a dedicated team at Advice Plus helping local people into work.”
No one felt this more acutely than local resident, Mariam Razzaq, who attended an Advice Plus last year.
Mariam, who has three children and was a full-time carer for her aunty who recently passed away, said: “I was nervous when I first arrived at the Advice Plus session, but the staff at A2Dominion were so welcoming.”
With the help of Dennis, (pictured) who is A2Dominion’s dedicated employment advisor, Mariam was able to get vital support on how to write a CV.
Mariam, who is also chair of Contact a Family, Ealing and Southall (a charity for families of disabled children), added: “I used to think ‘I’m definitely not going to get this job’, but because of support from Advice Plus I got called for an interview and got the job. So far it’s going really well.”
The Advice Plus sessions are held on the first Thursday of every month, and the next session is on Thursday 4 August. Residents can drop in anytime between 1pm-4pm at Ealing Town Hall.
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Notes to Editors
A2Dominion is a residential property group with 36,000 homes across London and the South East, and thousands more in the development pipeline.
The Group offers high-quality sustainable homes for sale and shared ownership, available through its FABRICA by A2Dominion brand.
It also provides affordable, private and social rented homes, student, key worker and temporary accommodation, as well as supported and sheltered housing.
The Group has a unique approach to housebuilding, generating profits for a social purpose instead of for shareholders, with millions of pounds reinvested each year into building much-needed affordable homes and supporting local communities.
A2Dominion is part of the g15, a group of the largest housing providers in London.