Who Can Help?
When you’re struggling with debt it can feel as if you’re completely on your own, especially if you’ve hidden your problems from friends and family to ‘stop them worrying’. This is not the case however; in fact there are a number of organisations who can help. This help may range from giving you advice on your debts and the action you may be able to take, to simply by being there to listen to your worries and concerns, depending on which organisation you contact.
The most important thing to bear in mind when you are looking for an organisation to help you is that not all such agencies are free, and it’s not always easy to tell which will charge you. If in doubt, ask. If you are thinking of using an organisation which will charge for its services you will need to consider very carefully whether you really want to pay for this when other agencies may provide the same or similar services for free.
The following agencies all provide free and independent advice. Some will let you make an appointment to go in and speak to someone face-to-face, others let you phone them for free or offer a call back service (some include Typetalk), and some provide advice online or via email. We have explained who offers what so you can choose the service that you feel most comfortable with.
– Online help available
– Telephone help available
– Face to face help available
– Email help available
- Tameside Debt Advice Service – http://www.tameside.gov.uk/benefits/moneyadvice
0800 328 0008
Tameside council’s debt advice service allows you to request help online, over the phone or by text message (if you have would like advice on mortgage arrears you can text ‘mortgage help’ and your name to 07980 993 678). They also run a debt advice surgery twice a month if you would prefer face-to-face advice.
- Tameside Welfare Rights Service – http://www.tameside.gov.uk/benefits/welfarerights
0800 074 9985
Tameside Welfare Rights service can provide advice over the phone, online or through a Customer Service centre. If you need long term support they may be able you allocate you a caseworker to help you. They can also ensure women are seen by a female officer if they prefer, and arrange home visits for those who are ill or disabled.
- Tameside Citizens Advice Bureau – http://www.tamesidecab.org.uk/
0161 330 2156
The Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) is able to provide help and advice on a range of issues and problems including debt and money management. They can be contacted over the phone, by dropping in to a General Advice session, or by arranging an appointment. They also have a website which offers further information and advice at http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/
- Tameside Housing Advice – http://www.tamesidehousingadvice.org/
0161 331 2700
Tameside Housing Advice offer advice on both social and private housing, as well as what to do if you are homeless or worried about homelessness. They can be contacted over the phone, by email or face-to-face by calling into their office in Ashton.
- Credit Action Money Advice Map – http://www.moneyadvicemap.com/
This service, run by Credit Action, allows you to search for agencies providing free face-to-face advice on a range of topics including debt, benefits and legal advice. You simply enter your postcode or the name of your area and it will give you a list of local advice centres which should be able to help you.
- StepChange debt charity – http://www.stepchange.org 0800 138 1111
StepChange debt charity were previously called Consumer Credit Counselling Service (CCCS) provide free debt help and advice online, via email and through their helpline number.
- National Debtline – http://www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/england_wales/index.php
0808 808 4000
National Debtline provide lots of information on dealing with debt including factsheets explaining different options and sample letters which you can use if you are writing to your creditors. They also offer advice over the phone and via email.
- Payplan – http://www.payplan.com/
0800 280 2816
Payplan provide free debt advice and can advise you on the options available to deal with your debts. They also provide budgeting and money management advice. They can offer help over the phone or via email.
- Community Legal Advice – http://www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk/
0845 345 4345
Community Legal Advice (CLA) provides free and independent legal advice on a range of issues. They can also advise on legal aid and whether you may be eligible to receive this. (For more about legal aid, see our Legal Advice section.) You can get information and advice online or over the phone (including translation and call back services). The website can also help you find a legal adviser in your area.
- Shelter Housing Advice Line – http://www.shelter.org.uk/
0808 800 4444 (For urgent advice)/0344 515 1640 (Greater Manchester Office)
Shelter provides advice about housing and homelessness on their website, over the phone (including a Typetalk service) or in person if you wish to arrange an appointment. They have offices all over the UK, the nearest to Tameside being the Greater Manchester office.
- My Money Steps - https://www.mymoneysteps.org/public/Welcome.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fDefault.aspx
An online debt advice service provided by National Debtline. You answer a series of questions regarding your income and expenditure, and recieve personalised advice on your situation.