- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Joyce Watson AM recently met debt advisers at the Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre in Machynlleth.
Consumer champion Joyce Watson AM, who recently called for a clampdown on debt advice companies, said:
“The Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre provides a lifeline to people when they are on the brink.
“Free independent advisers like at Bro Ddyfi play a vital role in helping people find a way through debt problems. Their volunteers, paid staff and trustees work very hard, and deserve recognition.”
Bro Ddyfi volunteer debt adviser Gordon Hughes, who is also the Wales Regional Trustee of AdviceUK said:
“The Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre grew out of the community, and gives a range of advice including money saving, energy efficiency and welfare benefit advice.”
They work closely with the Robert Owen Credit Union in Newtown, the Department of Work and Pensions and others to help people when they are in need.
Mid Wales has many free, independent advice services, such as Brecon Advice Centre, Disability Powys, A Voice for You in Newtown, and Aberystwyth Students Union, and they work with each other where different specialisms are needed.
Bro Ddyfi Advice Centre works with the university’s Law department, and provides experience and training for law students through its work in the Magistrates Courts in both Aberystwyth and Welshpool. They received the High Sherrif’s Award for this work last year.
Mrs Watson added: “If you have financial difficulties, please don’t suffer in silence. There are well trained advisers waiting to help you take control.”