Advice team sets up in GP surgery
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.