Ci­ti­zens ad­vice to re­turn

The Galloway News - - NEWS -

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.

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