Celebrating Success - Ealing Advice Plus marks its first year
This summer marked the first year of A2Dominion’s successful free advice service for local customers, Advice Plus Ealing.
Advice Plus Ealing was set up in July 2015 to tackle the impact of welfare reform, levels of poverty and to help people get into work.
Over the past year, the free advice service, which is available to all Ealing residents, has so far seen almost 150 residents get help on managing finances, getting into work and tips on healthier living.
We held an anniversary session for the service at Ealing Town Hall on the 14 July, the Town hall opened its doors to more than 40 residents alongside key partner organisations including Catalyst Housing, Ealing Council and mental health charity, Mind.
Ealing councillor Aysha Raza, who spoke to residents at 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.”
Wendy Sweeney, Financial Confidence manager at Catalyst Housing agreed: “Sometimes it’s not easy to ask for advice about money or your wellbeing but Advice Plus is a supportive solution with all advice providers under one roof.”
Mariam, who has three children and until recently also a full-time carer, 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 Owusu (pictured), one of 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. Residents can drop in anytime between 1pm and 4pm at Ealing Town Hall.