Help is at hand for post-Christmas blues

Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau are urging residents in Mearns who may need assistance to access advice at a local outreach service.

Perhaps you received (or gave) a Christmas gift that was faulty, what are your consumer rights? Or the New Year has brought changes to your employment situation and you need advice on managing your finances?

Kincardine and Mearns Citizens Advice Bureau, based in Stonehaven, has been open since 2009. The team are on hand with a range of free support and advice from consumer rights to debt and benefits help.

The latest addition to the Bureau’s is an Outreach service which runs at Mearns Academy Community Campus, Laurencekirk, one day a week.

Bureau manager Jane Neilson-Adams says: “We are really pleased with the uptake of our new Outreach Service in Laurencekirk since it launched in October last year – but we are able to do more. Our specialist Benefits Adviser is on hand for the morning appointments with a generalist adviser available in the afternoon.

“No one should have to start the New Year feeling worried and stressed and we are here to help. We would encourage anyone experiencing post-Christmas issues to phone and make an appointment.”

Appointments can be made by calling 01569 766578 and will take place at the Mearns Community Campus. Clients in the Stonehaven area can access advice at the main office in Stonehaven. Visit for opening times. The Stonehaven office can be found at 9 Cameron Street and is open to the public for a drop in on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.

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