Useful Numbers

Getting help with your problems

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Milton Keynes is a local charity that has been providing advice and support to local people for over 40 years. We are a member of Citizens Advice, a national network of almost 400 bureaux that was created in 1939 at the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Citizens Advice service helps people to resolve their problems. As the UK’s largest advice provider we are equipped to deal with any issue, from anyone, spanning debt and employment to consumer and housing plus everything in between. Our team of volunteers, supported by a small paid staff, operate telephone, face to face and email advice services that are available to anybody who wants to use them. Our advice is confidential, impartial and free of charge.

We are based at Acorn House in Midsummer Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3HP. You can drop in and see us between 9.30am and 2pm Tuesday to Friday or call our local advice line on 01908 604475 between 9.30am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

Website: www.mkcab.org.uk

Housing problems and homelessness

Having somewhere safe and secure to live is a basic need, but many people face housing problems at some point in their life. Illness, redundancy, relationship breakdown, debt etc. can all too easily lead to someone facing eviction and ultimately homelessness. Connection Floating Support is a registered charity based in MK, who is here to help during times of need. We work with people to help them take control of their situation and find suitable solutions to enable them to keep a roof over their head and live an independent and fulfilling life.

The service is open to people of any age, living in any type of housing – privately owned, privately rented, council or housing association. You don’t need to be referred by a professional and the service is confidential and
free. You won’t be judged, just helped to get back on track.

You can contact them on 01908 363492 or at mkenquiries@connectionfs.org

Counselling

In 2005 the founders of Counselling Directory watched a close friend struggle to find the information they were looking for when they were in desperate need of emotional support. This was when they realised there was a need for a service bringing together the information required to help individuals find a qualified counsellor or psychotherapist in their local area.

Counselling Directory (www.counselling-directory.org.uk or 0844 803 0252) is a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure the professionalism of our website, all counsellors have provided the organisation with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body.

Help with addiction

ADT Healthcare is a free helpline for people affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The service is particularly helpful for family members affected by a loved one’s addiction. Website: www.adt-healthcare.com. Tel: 0800 088 66 86

Getting a job

Not in paid work? Looking to improve your skills, abilities and confidence? Works for Us can help!

Works for Us offers free advice, workshops and short courses to help you build self-esteem, gain new skills and search for paid work.

Regular Groups and Courses include:
• Job Clubs – supported advice and training to help you find and apply for jobs, both voluntary and paid
• Employability Skills – interview skills and help with your CV
• Computers for beginners
• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• Confidence, interpersonal skills and assertiveness workshops
• Arts, crafts and sewing skills sessions
• Yoga and photography groups

We also provide:

• Volunteering support to find appropriate voluntary roles and to make the most of them. Call to book an appointment with our advisor.

• Information, Advice and Guidance service – employability and progression support. Call to book an appointment with our advisor.

• Our Working Wardrobe provides suitable interview and work clothes at a discounted price for everyone not currently in paid work

Booking is essential. Call or email us to find out more about how we can help, and book your place on one or more of our courses.
Phone: 01908 200186
Mobile: 07983 467438
E-mail: info@worksforus.org.uk

Works for Us, Norfolk House West (1st floor), 433 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, MK9 2AH. www. worksforus.org.uk

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