Cost of living support sessions arranged to help ‘concerned’ Earl Shilton and Barlestone residents

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 January 2023

EARL SHILTON and Barlestone residents who are concerned about the ‘rising’ cost of living crisis are being invited to a borough council-arranged event for advice and support early next month.

A man looking at paperwork (Image: Michael Burrows/Pexels)

The wellbeing and money events will take place in early February, where individuals and families will be able to explore local support services which are available to them in a friendly and informal setting, with free refreshments available.

The events will take place on the following dates:

  • 2 February, 10am – 12pm, The Age UK Centre, Earl Shilton, LE9 7NL
  • 4 February, 10am – 12pm, Barlestone Community Centre, Barlestone, CV13 0JE

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with a range of organisations, to access information and advice in relation to household budgeting, managing debt, managing energy and fuel bills, housing costs, and benefits.

Members of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council’s Housing, Resident Involvement and Repair Teams will also be in attendance.

Additionally, the event will focus on looking after mental health and mental wellbeing, whilst also looking at ideas for cooking on a budget with taster sessions.

The Council and their community partners are teaming up to make the events a reality after they hosted a similar event last year, and they are now seeing rise in the number of people asking for help.

Coun. Michael Mullaney, the Borough Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Community Safety, said: “After holding our first event, and witnessing first-hand how many people attended, enquiring about benefits and support, and frankly expressing their concern and worry about cost of living we thought it was appropriate to host more events.

“We want to provide as much help and support as possible and I urge residents to come and speak to us.”

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