Housing, debt and welfare advice for local young people

16th July 2014

Doncaster Young Persons Advice Service (DYPAS) is a partnership project funded by the Big Lottery through Dial, Doncaster, M25 Housing Support and Doncaster Citizens Advice Bureau.  The service is available to all young people between the ages of 16 and 25 and offers information and advice in relation to housing, debts and welfare benefits.

The project, now in its second year, has local advice clinics throughout Doncaster.  Stainforth has a drop-in clinic, based in Stainforth library, which runs every two weeks.  A similar service has been set up in Thorne at the Vermuyden Centre in the library.  This will take place every four weeks.

A DYPAS welfare benefits advisor will also be joining the Young Parents Group which is currently running at the Croft Sure Start Centre in Dunscroft.  This group runs each week but the young persons welfare advisor will join the group on alternate months.  In the future this service will extend to Thorne and Moorends.

The Housing Advice Service, delivered by M25 Housing and Support Group, can advise young people about their options if they are homeless, how to deal with disrepair issues, council housing, finding accommodation, rent arrears, possession proceedings and landlord eviction and harrassment.

The Debt Advice Service deliverd by the Doncaster CAB includes assisting young people with budgeting plans, debt relief orders, insolvency and in dealing with their debts.

Telephone 01302 327800, text 07855 460 666 or email claire.heard@dialdoncaster.co.uk or for information on all these services and opening times where relevant.  Also DYPAS has a facebook page.

Source: Thorne Times, July edition, 2014

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