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Need advice about money or work?

Did you know there is lots of free, expert advice available on your doorstep?

If you are unsure what benefits you are entitled to or are worried about money, there is free specialist help available.

Catalyst residents can contact Staying First for a free and confidential chat about benefits or money worries. You do not need to be in rent arrears to benefit from the service. Over the last year they have worked with over 100 residents and recovered tens of thousands in backdated benefits. Staying First also specialise in helping people access disability related benefits and negotiate repayment plans with creditors.

Additionally, if you are looking for work or training advice there are fantastic local agencies that can help you find and apply for vacancies and prepare you for interviews.

NOVA New Opportunities and the award winning ClementJames Centre, featured in January’s Spotlight help hundreds of local people get into work and improve their skills every year. There is also specialist support for women through our own Employment & Skills team.

Whatever your circumstances, even if you are working with the Job Centre, you can access the support of these agencies.

Staying First: 020 8996 8900

NOVA New Opportunities: 020 8960 2488

ClementJames Centre: 020 7221 8810

Catalyst Gateway Employment & Skills Centre: 0845 437 9705