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Over 800 people attended ‘Help!’, the Eastbourne Advice exhibition to highlight the vast variety of advice, information and support agencies that are available in the town.
The ‘Help!’ exhibition, organised by the Eastbourne Advice Network, saw 67 organisations from across Eastbourne with stands providing information, support and advice to people.
The event was opened by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Janet Coles.
The Eastbourne Advice Network, a Big Lottery Funded project, aims to ensure the sustainability of advice services in Eastbourne which are facing an uncertain future due to cuts to Legal Aid and an increasingly tough fundraising environment.
Advice services are struggling with the increased demand from clients who are facing more complex problems due to welfare reforms, rising levels of problem debt and challenges around housing.
We are so pleased that the event was so well attended.
We have had really positive feedback from both the organisations who booked stands at the event and the members of the public and professionals who attended.
It was a fantastic opportunity to network and find out more about services which provide advice, help and support to the people of Eastbourne.
It is crucial that advice services work well in partnership with other agencies so we can continue to help people at the earliest possible opportunity. We can only do this by working together.
We will be looking to build on the success of the Help! Exhibition to work closely with other services in the town to ensure people get referred to advice when necessary.
As advice services we also want to ensure we are referring clients to other services that can help them deal with issues they face and reduce the demand for advice services.
Alison Burrell, Chair of the Eastbourne Advice Network.