Wednesday, 6th September 2017

The first of a series of free advice days for local residents across County Durham will be launched in Chester-le-Street this Friday by Kevan Jones MP.

The event, which will be held at the Café at The Elms on September 8 between 10am and 3.30pm, will provide residents with information on health, housing, benefits, debt, employment, fuel and Universal Credit.

The event is one of a series of six advice days, which have been organised by Karbon Homes in partnership with Durham County Council, Monkey and Advice in County Durham, running across the county between 8 September and 20 October 2017.

Advisors from multiple agencies including our own money workers & debt specialist, rent officers, Housing Benefit assessors, Council Tax officers, employability officer and more will be available to provide expert advice.

The event is a unique opportunity to address multiple issues in one go with face-to-face support from experts in the field.

To help promote healthy living on a budget, and to take advantage of the unique venue of The Café @ The Elms, the resident chef will also be putting on two cooking demonstrations – showing people how to make some quick, easy, cheap but healthy and delicious meals.

Suzanne Jobson, Financial Inclusion Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We all face circumstances from time to time where we need advice, whether it’s an unexpected crisis, a change in circumstances, or planning how to achieve our goals. These events are organised across the County to make advice more accessible to residents.”

In addition to the drop-in sessions, residents can also make appointments in advance with the organisations involved.

To pre-book an appointment with an advisor or to attend the cooking demonstrations, please contact Karbon Homes at or call 0800 571 0001. The Elms is located at Moorfoot Avenue, Chester-le-Street, DH2 3EJ.