Advice & Advocacy
GL Communities provides a specialist legal money advice service that is delivered by a team of money advice caseworkers through face to face sessions, telephone and online advice. Many of our sessions are delivered through outreach work and in partnership. We have opportunties for volunteers to train with us to support the advice team and are currently developing a mentoring scheme that will provide support to people who are struggling to find their way out of debt.
We also provide training in financial capability, energy efficiency and work in social policy.
If you are short of cash at the end of each month, The BIG Difference Scheme may be for you.
The BIG Difference Scheme:-
- Is accessible to all customers who receive either water and/or sewerage services from Severn Trent Water.
- Is available to all customers regardless of age and employment status.
- Offers customers a reduction ranging between 10% – 90%* off the average yearly charge.
- Is valid for 12 months from date of acceptance.
- Can provide extra help for anyone finding it difficult to pay water charges.
You don’t have to be in debt to apply and your water bill could become as low as £3.74 per month!
The advice team at GL Communities are able to offer access to 'The Big Difference Scheme' which has been set up to support people in financial difficulties.
Why don’t you come in and speak to one of our advisors about this option and we can help you to make an application.
You can access the Money Advice drop in sessions every morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm and Monday, Thursday afternoon 1:30pm to 3:00pm at the Trinity Centre.
*Based on the average water bill for customers in the Severn Trent region.
About our teamAll members of the Money Advice Team hold Money Advice qualifications and are accredited members of the Institute of Money Advisers (either fully qualified MIMA(Cert) or Associate Members, AIMA) gaining their qualifications from the University of Staffordshire. We are Debt Relief Order Intermediary registered. We hold a current Advice Quality Standard (AQS).
AccessibilityGL Communities is committed to making our services accessible to all. Our office is fully wheelchair accessible, with a ramp and disabled toilet facilities. We have access to telephone language interpretation service covering all of the world’s major languages and for clients with hearing loss, we can use sign language interpreters, lip speakers, note takers or other communication support available from local organisations. Service dogs are welcome.
How we can help
If you are concerned about your financial situation you can contact us for free advice. We can help you:
- - Income maximization – (are you claiming the benefits you are entitled to)
- - Create and manage a budget
- - Understand which debts are most important and why
- - Assist you to work out the best plan for dealing with your debts
- - Negotiate reasonable, sustainable repayments when and where appropriate
- - Understand your legal rights and responsibilities
- - Provide emergency support
How do I access the service
Online advice is available to anyone in Gloucestershire.
Please call our Money Advice Line between 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekdays and an adviser will call you back.
Call : (01452) 306581
Face to face:
We offer a face to face drop-in advice service at our office and various outreach locations across the county. In order for us to give you the best advice please bring any paperwork relating to your debts and proof of your income. Everyone will be seen on the day.
Drop in sessions and locations
Day Time Location Monday 9:30am - 12.30pm GL Communities, The Trinity Centre, 60 Norbury Avenue, Gloucester, GL4 6AG 9:30am - 12:30pm Podsmead Big Local The Hub,15a Scott Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, GL2 5BD 12:00pm - 3:00pm Gloucester Foodbank, George Whitefield Centre, 107 Great Western Rd, Gloucester GL1 3NF Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm Trinity Centre (as above) 10:00am - 12:00pm APT Stonehouse, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse GL10 2DB Wednesday 9:30am - 12.30pm Trinity Centre (as above) 10:00am - 12:30pm The Gateway, 81 Matson Ave, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6LL 12:00pm - 3:00pm Gloucester Foodbank, George Whitefield Centre, 107 Great Western Rd, Gloucester GL1 3NF Thursday 9:30am - 12.30pm Trinity Centre (as above) 11:30am - 2:300pm Gloucester Foodbank (as above) 1:00pm to 3:00pm (apt only) GL11 Cam/Dursley Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm Trinity Centre (as above)
You can see an adviser at any time during our opening hours, based on capacity, on a first come first serve basis.
- GL Communities, The Trinity Centre, 60 Norbury Avenue, Gloucester, GL4 6AG
- Podsmead Big Local, The Hub,15a Scott Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, GL2 5BD
- APT, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse GL10 2DB
- The Gateway, 81 Matson Ave, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6LL
- Gloucester Foodbank, George Whitefield Centre, 107 Great Western Rd, Gloucester GL1 3NF
WorkshopsWe can deliver workshops to groups on all areas of financial education including managing money and benefit applications online. To book workshops do get in touch.
VolunteeringIf you are interested in becoming a volunteer adviser or a mentor to people who are struggling to come out of debt, do get in touch. If being an adviser is not your thing then we do need assistance with administration and the like.
GL Communities welcomes feedback in order to help us improve our services. We therefore ask you to complete a short service feedback survey after you have contact with us. If you are not happy with any aspect of the service you have received, please let us know using our complaints form. For our full Complaints Policy and Procedure please contact us.Feedback Survey
Here are some useful links to other organisations that may be able to help or do you want to find out what benefits you may be entitled to.
Money Advice Trust is a charity which places partnership working at the core of everything it does.
Money Health Check a free online financial health checker tool.
Are you missing out on help? Use this benefits calculator to see what benefits you are entitled to.
Make a referral
If you work with clients who would benefit from our services and would like to refer them with their consent,
please do so through our Money Advice West Portal.
Senior advisor Garry Mills talks on Gloucester FM, to here him on 'the topic of the day' please start at 30:27 or just listen to the whole hour.
Credit to Gloucester FM - 96.6FM
GL Communities provide advice to the public which has been certified as quality practice. The certification is awarded by an independent body, Recognising Excellence, who assess advice centres through a rigorous process which provides a framework for continuous improvement.
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