New initiative being launched with West Dorset Mencap

Bridport and District Citizens Advice is to launch a new initiative from September 28th 2018 aimed at helping people with learning difficulties and their families with all types of financial issues that they may face.

With the support of West Dorset Mencap, dedicated sessions will be available every Friday from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Citizens Advice offices in South Street, Bridport, which will be led by an experienced adviser, Sarah Silcox. Alternatively, appointments are available at outreaches in Beaminster and Lyme Regis.

Rovarn Wickremasinghe, Manager of Bridport and District Citizens Advice said:  “We are delighted to be working with West Dorset Mencap on this innovative project.  There is nothing similar available in this area.”

“We expect that the demand will come particularly from those experiencing difficulties with the benefits system and wanting to know whether they are getting the correct amount.  We can also offer assistance managing finances.”

“Whenever appropriate we can refer people to our specialist casework teams on benefits and debt and we also have an experienced adviser who will be able to offer help with employment enquiries.”

Ms. Silcox has been a volunteer adviser with Citizens Advice since February 2015 and has been involved this year with developing a financial capability pilot for clients facing debt problems.

West Dorset Mencap is based in East Street, Bridport, and aims to support those with a learning disability living in the region.  It regularly supports community projects, such as the workshops at Bridport Arts Centre and financial requests from individuals who are setting up their own home and need to buy equipment.

For those wanting to find out more about the project with Citizens Advice a dedicated telephone line on 01308 424930 will be in operation from 28 September 2018.