Two key charities are teaming up to launch confidential advice sessions in Slough.

Aimed at helping Slough residents in crisis, Citizens Advice workers will be running the sessions at the Foodbank’s Distribution Centres. 

It comes as many local people are finding themselves in a food poverty crisis and are visiting foodbanks for help.

Those facing difficulty in the area often have underlying issues relating to benefits, debt, low income, discrimination at work, housing, homelessness or ill health.

Having trained advisers from Citizens Advice East Berkshire (CAEB) dedicated to offering advice and information related to these areas will ensure that they are getting all the support possible to help them out of food poverty.

There will be two dedicated advisers offering advice for the project, one remote and one in Foodbank centres across the Slough area.

Pippa Banham, CEO at Citizens Advice East Berkshire said: “Working in partnership with Slough Food Bank means we can give advice and information to those most in need and affected by the Cost of Living Crisis.

"CAEB started its Slough Service in November 2021 and since then we have helped Slough residents gain £679,513 in financial support.”

Laura Cole, Slough Foodbank Manager, added: “This is a significant step for us – it’s all about getting a long-term approach and helping people get the advice they need so they can reduce their reliance on crisis support, including the use of foodbanks, as their financial situation improves.”