Free events in Banbury to help people tackle debt

Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury ENGNNL00120131103171914
Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury ENGNNL00120131103171914

Residents in north Oxfordshire will be able to find out more about tackling debt through a series of events on offer during National Debt Awareness Week,

Staff from leading house provider Sanctuary Housing along with other organisations such as Banbury Community Church and Banbury Citizens Advice Bureau will offer the information at free sessions in Banbury between January 26 and 30.

Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Cherwell, said: “The aim of Debt Awareness Week is to encourage people to deal positively with debt and I would encourage any local residents who would like to find out more to attend.”

Members of the public can drop in to speak with professionals as well as access free online resources with an opportunity to enter a £50 prize draw.

The week of events is in line with local partners’ commitment to raising debt awareness in the region. Projects such as the Cherwell debt advice project, which is run in partnership between Santuary and Banbury Citizens Advice Bureau, has already seen more than 120 Sanctuary residents across debt management assistance.

The first event in Banbury is on Monday, January 26 at Castle Quay Shopping Centre from 10am-2pm, followed by another event at Banbury Market on Thursday from 10am-2pm and one at the Sunshine Centre on Bretch Hill from 2pm-4pm.

Barbara Shaw, chief executive of Banbury and Witney Citizens Advice Bureau, said: “January is the busiest time of year for CAB with clients coming in for debt advice. Help your finances in hand in the new year and if you need advice, come along to one of our sessions.”

Debt Awareness Week aims to raise the profile of debt charities.