Cash boost for Harlow Advice Centre

News / Sat 18th Mar 2017 at 01:44pm

£500 boost for Advice Centre

HARLOW Advice Centre has received a financial boost, thanks to Harlow Pensioners Action which wound up this month (March).

The £500 donation will help the town’s independent advice service provide specialist advice and representation on benefits, debt and housing from its offices in Harlow central library. The service is largely funded by the Big Lottery, which has renewed its grant for three years.

Sue Jones, manager of the Advice Centre, said the pensioners’ gift was tinged with sadness because it marked the end of Pensioners Action which for 36 years had played an important role in Harlow’s community life. “For many years, Harlow’s pensioners were a force to be reckoned with, and could be counted on to support the rights and needs of older people at national and local level.”

Les Coben, for many years chair of Pensioners Action, said: “Membership had declined in recent years, and, after an appeal to members to help us decide, the committee agreed Pensioners Action should wind up and use its remaining funds to benefit vital local organisations. Harlow Welfare Rights & Advice and Harlow Advice Centre, the organisation which replaced it, supported our members for many years, so this is a small thank you them.”

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