Calderdale CAB

Universal Credit Help to Claim Service

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Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.

They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.

Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.

The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.

Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.

If any partners would like further information about the Help to Claim service or any other services available at Citizens Advice Calderdale, please contact Caroline Jones on 01422 340303 or caroline.jones@calderdalecab.org.uk

Citizens Advice Calderdale – Open Day

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Citizens Advice Calderdale are holding an Open Day on Monday 10 December, 10:00am-3:00pm at the office at 37 Harrison Road, Halifax HX1 2AF.

There will be a number of bitesize sessions repeated through the day as follows;

  • 10:00am & 12:30pm – Introducing a new service
  • 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm & 2:00pm – Help with client’s debts
  • 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:00pm & 2:00pm – Help with PIP claims

Book your session by emailing susan.thorpe@calderdalecab.org.uk.

Also – CAB are recruiting with three new vacancies for a Generalist Caseworker and Debt Caseworker Assistant both available to start in January 2019 and a Generalist Advisor/Supervisor available to start immediately. See more at our NHP Work Support website.

Volunteering Opportunities with Citizens Advice Calderdale

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Do you know of any young people aged 16-18 who may like to volunteer for a national charity?

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale through the #iwill project and The Big Lottery, Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering a chance to improve employment skills whilst making a difference to people living in Calderdale.

Citizens Advice Bureau Calderdale have a range of activities to get involved in including social media and research and campaigns with the flexibility to decide what you want to do, how often and where you’d like to work.

Existing volunteers support the charity through photography, website development and literature design.

Why not get a small group of friends and work on a project together?

If you or a young relative are interested then go to our website https://calderdalecab.org.uk/contact-us/ and fill in your details to start making a difference. Remember to put #iwill in the enquiry box.

If you’d rather call then contact 01422 351111.

Volunteering Opportunities with Citizens Advice Calderdale

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Do you know of any young people aged 16-18 who may be wondering what to do over the Summer?

Thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale through the #iwill project and The Big Lottery, Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering a chance to improve employment skills whilst making a difference to people living in Calderdale.

Citizens Advice Bureau Calderdale have a range of activities to get involved in including social media and research and campaigns with the flexibility to decide what you want to do, how often and where you’d like to work.

Why not get a small group of friends and work on a project together?

If you or a young relative are interested then go to our website https://calderdalecab.org.uk/contact-us/ and fill in your details to start making a difference. Remember to put #iwill in the enquiry box.

If you’d rather call then contact 01422 351111.

FREE Sessions on Smart Meters and Energy Saving with CAB

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Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering free sessions for the over 65s on Smart Meters.

They will go to your local group and talk about the pros and cons of using a smart meter.

They will also give you guidance on how they can save you money and dispel any myths.

Contact Susan on 01422 351111 or via e-mail at susan.thorpe@calderdalecab.org.uk

Make a Difference with Citizens Advice Calderdale

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Citizens Advice Calderdale need a range of volunteers to help in both support and client facing roles.

In particular need are receptionists / admin staff on Mondays from 9:30am-1:30pm.

As part of Volunteer Week (1-7 June) CAB are holding a Volunteer Open Day at the stall in the Borough Market on Wednesday 6 June, 10:00am-2:00pm so call in and have an informal chat to see how you might enjoy helping.

If you have at least one day a week available and would like to help clients directly then maybe a role as a telephone assessor would be something for you.

If you enjoy research and writing reports then maybe helping with our Research and Campaigns might be something you’d like.

Contact the Volunteer and Training Officer on 01422 351111 or e-mail on Halifax.office@calderdalecab.org.uk