Ad­vice team sets up in GP surgery

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Carla Tal­bot

The num­ber of des­per­ate peo­ple fall­ing ill be­cause of debt and dire housing con­di­tions has prompted the launch of a new sup­port ser­vice.

Vol­un­teers of the West Dun­bar­ton­shire Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau are work­ing with strug­gling mem­bers of the com­mu­nity whose health is in de­cline be­cause of so­cial is­sues.

And be­cause these is­sues are of­ten re­vealed dur­ing trips to the doc­tor - af­ter the strained sit­u­a­tion has be­come so bad the per­son has fallen un­well - they have launched a new out­reach ser­vice in the Oakview Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Alexan­dria.

The ser­vice of­fers ad­vice on em­ploy­ment prob­lems, housing, con­sumer dis­putes, home­less­ness and re­la­tion­ship is­sues.

The vol­un­teers are avail­able there ev­ery Mon­day from 9am un­til noon to help any­one who needs as­sis­tance.

The ser­vice will also be sup­ported by spe­cial­ist ad­vice work­ers cov­er­ing is­sues such as ben­e­fit en­ti­tle­ment, tax cred­its and debt prob­lems.

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