Tower Hamlets Homes opened a new service on Monday the 17th of September to help Tower Hamlets residents get accurate and easily accessible advice and assistance on debt management, welfare benefits including universal credit, housing, employment and training. The event was hosted by Fokrul Hoque Community Partnerships Manager Tower Hamlets Homes.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs opened the centre, along with Deputy Mayor Cllr Sirajul Islam & Speaker Cllr Ayas Miah, which is for all residents and is based in Massingham Street, Bethnal Green.
The centre puts experts from across the borough and a range of services under one roof. Partners in the centre include:
The Citizens Advice Bureau
Somali Integration Team
Toynbee Hall, who provide debt advice
Tower Hamlets Homes financial inclusion service
The Limehouse Project;
Asian Peoples Disability Alliance (APDA)
Wise Age UK
Together they will give residents support and to help to manage their finances, gain work experience and receive the training they need to build a better future. All the advice given is impartial and confidential.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said: “The changes to the welfare system, in particular the introduction of universal credit have hit Tower Hamlets residents hard and caused a degree of confusion.
I am pleased that thanks to the financial health centre we are able to provide clear and accurate advice to our residents. I’d encourage anyone in Tower Hamlets with concerns about their finances to get in touch and access the advice available from organisations across the borough.”The Financial Health Centre will be open from 9:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday, with drop-in sessions and appointments available. The service is free and you can book an appointment by phone on 0207 364 2200 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For a timetable of services visit thh.org.uk.
Financial Health Centre, Raynham House, Massingham Street. E1 4EB.