Councillors Robert Innes and Jim Paterson have welcomed the addition of Renfrewshire Council’s Advice Works Service to the local authorities Winter Connections Programme. The advisors will be heading to Renfrew, Linwood and Johnstone.

Starting from the 30th January, an Advice Works income advisor will be present each week up until the end of March –

  • Every Monday at Linwood Library in Tweedie Hall from 10.45am-12.45pm
  • Every Tuesday at Johnstone Library in Johnstone Town Hall from 2pm-4pm
  • Every Friday at Renfrew Library from 2pm-4pm

Also starting the week commencing 30th January, an Advice Works income advisor will be present each period for a trial period of 4 weeks every Thursday at the Tannahill Centre, Ferguslie Park, Paisley from 10am-12pm.

Winter Connections is a programme of events and activities taking place across Renfrewshire that are open to everyone. Winter Connections is built on relationships, places and communities that already exist. Spaces are open, free and easy to access. Events and activities are about feeling good and having fun. Hosts will provide inclusive, welcoming, respectful, and safe places. For more information on what is taking place in your local area visit the councils website, social media channels and you can find out more at your local library.

SNP Councillor for Houston, Crosslee and Linwood Robert Innes said: “I was really pleased to see that Advice Works financial advisors are coming into some of our local libraries via the Winter Connections programme. The SNP set up Winter Connections to give local residents opportunities to connect with people and get some assistance if they need it. I’m happy to see Linwood Library in the Tweedie Hall will be included in this. Advice Works do excellent work righting some of the wrongs that people come face to face with everyday. Given the tough times people are facing this winter I am sure this will be welcome news to people in Linwood.

Nobody should ever have to choose between heating and eating but that’s the reality for many at the moment. Food prices continue to skyrocket and energy bills are through the roof, the SNP in Renfrewshire Council will carry on doing what we can to help people however we can in these times of financial hardship for so many.”

SNP councillor for Renfrew and Gallowhill Jim Paterson added: “The Winter Connection programme was set up in light of the cost of living crisis and gives people safe spaces and events to go along to and connect with others in their local area. I welcome the addition of Advice Works to Winter Connections and was glad to see Renfrew Library will be taking part, I know this opportunity for assistance will go a long way for many people here.

“It has been great to see so many people get involved with events and activities around Renfrewshire as part of the SNP’s Winter Connections and with more and more getting added to the programme throughout the winter I urge people to get involved. It has been a dark winter for many and we as a council will continue to assist where we can.”

By Ricky Kelly

Main writer for Renfrewshire News

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