The chief executive of a Northumberland-based charity which offers free family law advice has urged those concerned about domestic abuse this Bank Holiday not to delay in seeking help.
Liz Chadwick, Chief Executive of DAWN Advice, has warned increased alcohol consumption over the long weekend could spark a rise in domestic abuse cases.
Morpeth-based social enterprise DAWN Advice has forged an innovative partnership with the British Gas Energy Trust to help North East residents cope with their energy bills.
DAWN Advice now offers free specialist debt advice to people living across the region who are at risk of fuel poverty, through a new project funded by the British Gas Energy Trust.
Residents who spend more than 10 per cent of their income on heating their home are classed as being in fuel poverty and may be eligible for financial help to reduce their household bills.
A free family legal advice service for people in Northumberland has been officially launched at an event at Longhirst Hall.
The DAWN Family Legal Advice service aims to improve access to quality legal advice for families, and will operate from Morpeth and Ashington.
The Chief Executive behind a new online service designed to support older people and people with a disability in Northumberland to find their ideal support worker is urging those searching for work to sign up.
The DAWN Assist website aims to match those looking for the services of a support worker with the candidate most suited to their individual needs and interests using a secure online register.
Northumberland residents dealing with family problems can now benefit from improved access to quality legal advice after DAWN Advice extended the reach of its Family Law service into the heart of Morpeth and Ashington.
The move, which has seen DAWN Advice's Family Law Team relocate from its Head Office in Seaton Burn, will help make it even easier for people to seek help on issues such as divorce, care work or domestic violence.
A northern debt advice service has backed calls by a Government committee to bring in tighter regulation of the payday loans industry.
The House of Commons' Business Committee says the UK needs to introduce much tighter control of 'harmful debt service products', such as payday loans, which it says target vulnerable people and encourages them into debt.
A northern advice service has urged the hundreds of North East Alcan workers left facing redundancy to seek advice as soon as possible.
It was revealed in March that rescue bids to keep Lynemouth's Rio Tinto Alcan aluminium smelter operational had failed and that it would close, with 323 workers given 12 weeks' redundancy notice and a further 192 workers facing likely redundancy in the long-term.
The DAWN Citizens Advice Bureau in Morpeth has unveiled new signage aimed at increasing its presence in the town - and announced plans to open for twice as long to cope with an increased demand for its services.
The Oldgate-based office has had a new roundel sign installed, thanks to donations from St George's Church and from Widdrington Village Parish Council. Valerie Coomber, from the Parish Council, and Ron Foster, Minister at St George's, were both on hand to unveil the new signage.
A popular Northumberland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) expected to be inundated with requests for free debt advice throughout 2012 is looking for volunteers to help with demand.
The DAWN CAB in Morpeth, which has been a lifeline for thousands living in its surrounding communities since opening in 1974, is hoping to recruit volunteer advisers to support its general advice service.
A Northumberland debt advice expert is warning those left financially vulnerable by the festive season to use extreme caution when dealing with companies offering commercial debt management services or payday loans.
Liz Chadwick, Chief Executive of DAWN Advice, which offers free debt advice, warned that many could see their financial situation become even worse if debt problems are not managed correctly or if there is a delay in seeking help.