Service delivery during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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During the pandemic we adapted our service delivery in light of government guidelines and to keep our staff and service users safe. Subject to any further restrictions we are now working towards re-establish our previous opening times and access to our various services in the community. As yet we have only one drop-in session re-instated which is for Debt advice at the One Stop Shop, the Guildhall in Northampton . We hope to offer more drop-in sessions at our other offices as soon as possible. All of our services can be  accessed by telephone throughout the week and we are open for enquiries at our Advice  Centre in Hazelwood Road, Northampton. For our telephone and office opening hours please see the our current Opening Times page on this website. If you are facing repossession or eviction we are able to provide advice and representation at court. 

 

 

From October 2021 we will be operating the following opening hours:

Northampton, Hazelwood Road – Monday – Thursday 10am – 2pm.

Northampton, Guildhall –  Monday 11-30 – 2-30; Tuesday 9-30am – 12-30 (Debt drop in 10am – 12-30pm); Thursday 9-45 – 1-45

Rushden – Wednesday  10am – 2pm

 

 

There will be no other Drop-In advice sessions at any of our offices or outreach venues until further notice.

We are continuing to  provide our specialist advice provision by telephone or email during these difficult times . We are set up to effectively deal with ongoing referrals from agencies and members of the public calling us for advice and have continued to provide advice to local residents throughout the lockdown . Most of our services cover residents across Northamptonshire and anyone requiring advice should contact us without delay to avoid problems escalating.

 We are providing advice delivered by professional specialist advisors in the following areas:   

 

Tel: 01604 621038  or  Email: enquiries@communitylawservice.org.uk

 

 Debt Advice Service 

Our Debt Advice Team funded by the Money and Pensions Service can provide a full range of Debt advice for any   Northamptonshire residents . East Northants Council also provides funding for additional Debt advice provision for residents in   East Northamptonshire. 

 

 Welfare Benefits Advice Service

We can provide benefit checks including advice on entitlements, help with claims, help to challenge decisions  and support with   appeals

 

 Housing Advice Service

We can provide advice and representation in respect of repossession and eviction for people eligible for Legal Aid and other   Housing advice including problems with rent arrears. 

 

 Energy Advice Service  –

Help to better afford energy bills including benefit advice and income maximisation, utility debt advice, energy tariff checks and   switching, access to grants

 

 Immigration Advice Service

Free initial advice and assessment  and a full range of follow on  Immigration casework services through a low cost Not for   Profit fee paying service. 

 

 How to Contact Us:

For any of the above services contact should be made as follows: 

 

 

Agency Referrals:

Where possible agencies should utilise the online Referral Form at: www.communitylawservice.org.uk/make-a-referral 

Alternatively, direct people to our telephone or email services. On receipt, the referral will be allocated to the most

appropriate service.

 

 Public Contact:  

  • Telephone Service   01604 621038   Monday – Thursday 10.00am – 2pm   Fridays  10am – 1pm
  • Email :   enquiries@communitylawservice.org.uk

 

 

Additional Project Contact Details

Our Projects are still also operational by telephone and email. They can be contacted directly on the following numbers.

Callers may be asked to leave a message and an advisor will call back as soon as possible.

 

 Financial Health and Wellbeing Service 

 Funded by British Gas Energy Trust providing Benefits, Debt and Energy advice for people who are experiencing ill

 health or have a disability. Tel: 01604 235709 or email:  financialhealth@communitylawservice.org.uk

 Health agencies including GP surgeries and Mental Health services and voluntary sector health support services should

 continue to refer using the contact details above or via our website www.communitylawservice.org.uk/make-a-referral

 Northamptonshire Energy Saving Service 

Funded by National Grid’s Warm Homes Fund providing support for households to better afford energy bills including

benefit advice and income maximisation, utility debt advice, tariff switching and energy efficiency advice . Tel: 01604 623700

or enquire via the website:   www.northamptonshireenergysavingservice.org.uk

 

 

 

Enquiries

For general enquires, please contact us on:

Northampton

01604 621038

Rushden

01933 313020

Wellingborough

01933 278248