Citizens advice to return
STUART GILLESPIE Citizens advice services are set to be available from Stewartry church halls.
The region’s CAS has teamed up with Castle Douglas Parish Church to offer clinics from the lower church halls in Queen Street.
The move comes after the Castle Douglas branch of the Citizens Advice Service was closed in November.
Chief executive of D&G CAS, Sue Irving, said: “This is a positive step forward in ensuring that we are able to continue to meet the needs of new and existing clients in the Stewartry.
“The closure of our long established bureau had the potential to leave a big gap in our service delivery in that area and I am indebted to Dumfries and Galloway Council for the use of the libraries to deliver our transitional service. The use of the church halls provides us with the opportunity to maintain a base in Castle Douglas in a central and very recognisable location that is accessible.” There will now be drop-in sessions with advisors at the church hall from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesdays and from 1pm to 4pm on Wednesdays.
Appointments will be available from 9am to 4pm on Fridays and there will also be the chance to arrange Friday appointments with a debt specialist.
Rev Alison Burnside, of Castle Douglas Parish Church, said: “We are delighted to support this collaboration with Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service.
“We were saddened to hear of the closure of our local bureau and the congregation were delighted to offer our assistance in providing the use of our church halls to ensure that advice services could be still be delivered.
“Church halls play an integral role in the delivery of services to our community, we have a number of groups who already use the halls and I see this as an extension of that community use.”
The service will continue to offer sessions in Kirkcudbright and Dalbeattie.
There will be drop- ins at Kirkcudbright library from 10am to 1pm on Mondays and appointments from 1.30pm to 4pm.
On Tuesdays there will be appointments at Dalbeattie library from 1.30pm to 4pm with a drop-in session on Thursdays from 9.30am to 1pm.