Published Friday 24 October 2014 at 17:05
A new ‘one – stop shop’ within Darwen Town Hall has been officially opened by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Alan Cottam at a ceremony earlier today.
Advice for All is a partnership between the Citizens Advice Bureau, Age UK and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and offers all sorts of advice for people in need of help and support.
Coupled with existing support services, Darwen Town Hall now offers a one stop shop offering personal support to help people make the most of new opportunities like getting a job, volunteering and staying fit and healthy.
There is careers advice for all ages, help with writing a CV, preparing for interview, volunteering opportunities, courses like Maths and English, First Aid and Health and Safety. There is also advice on how to get funding for training required for employment.
There is also one to one support on Housing, Benefits Advice, Community Safety Advice, Debt and Money Management, and Family Support.
You can also get advice from a personal health trainer to help get fit and stay healthy. This includes stopping smoking, weight management and eating healthy.
You can also get help to put on community events, such as clean ups and community celebrations with the Council’s “Your Call” initiative. Also, Darwen Town Hall will offer courses in the evening, including online shopping, training in social media and using the internet for hobbies and interests.
This is in addition to the Registrars service for births, deaths and marriages and all the other services offered by the Borough Council.
Councillor Arshid Mahmood Lead Member for Neighbourhoods, Housing and Customer Services said “Having such a wide range of services together within the heart of Darwen is a real boost for the town. Working with the Citizens Advice Bureau and Age UK, Darwen Town Hall will become not only a hub for advice and support but also a vital asset to the community.
Pictures from the event can be found below: