Council campaign aims to ensure you know ‘Where To Turn’ if experiencing financial difficulties

Council campaign aims to ensure you know ‘Where To Turn’ if experiencing financial difficulties

Fri, January 21, 2022

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is reaching out to ensure you know ‘Where To Turn’ if you are experiencing financial difficulties.

January can be a difficult month for many people, but support is available if you’re facing difficulties due to debt, benefit changes or low income.

This week, Council is expanding the visibility of its ‘Where To Turn’ campaign by installing billboards and outdoor advertising in locations across the Borough.

With ever rising household costs and the ongoing effects of the pandemic, it is vital that those who are struggling are aware of the excellent support avenues open to them.

Commenting on the campaign, the Mayor, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “Increased financial burdens are a very real problem for many people living in the Borough and it is vital we help those in need by ensuring they are aware of the organisations that can help them.

“With an increase in the number of people experiencing crisis, we want to get the message out that debt advice, fuel support or emergency essentials from a Foodbank are all available.

“It can feel isolating and overwhelming, especially for those who find themselves in this situation for the first time, and we are determined to make sure that we are reaching those in need and directing them to the correct organisation.”

“If you know a friend, family member or neighbour who is struggling, please help us spread the word by telling them about Where To Turn. It may be that this simple action will make a truly positive impact on their life at a time when it is most needed.”

Through its Where To Turn campaign, Council is working closely with a network of advice centres, foodbanks and other organisations which exist in our area to ensure that people can receive wraparound support based on their individual needs.

Advice services supported by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council can be accessed via email, telephone, and face-to-face appointments. 

If you, or someone you know, has concerns about debt, benefit entitlement or a drop in income, you can contact the organisations listed below for free confidential advice.

  • Community Advice Causeway 028 7034 4817 (Coleraine, Ballymoney, Ballycastle and The Glens areas)
  • Limavady Community Development Initiative (LCDI) Advice Centre 028 77448430 (Limavady area)
  • Glenshane Community Development 028 7774 2494 (Dungiven area)

While we would encourage you to contact your nearest centre, they all will be able to help you when you call, wherever you live in Causeway Coast and Glens.

There are emergency Foodbanks located in:

  • Ballycastle 07536986448
  • Ballymoney 07565840571
  • Coleraine 028 702 20005
  • Limavady 028 777 65438

The foodbanks are linking with local churches and community groups to extend their availability. Please ring the relevant number to speak with a volunteer.   

Further details including opening times can be found here as well as via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please share information about the ‘Where To Turn’ campaign and help our community get through these difficult times together.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Richard Holmes pictured at the site of one of the Where To Turn campaign billboards in Ballymoney.