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COVID-19: Putting Safety First

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We’re putting safety first

as we reopen our advice centres

How we're keeping everyone safe...

Face Masks

Face Masks

We're asking everyone visiting one of our advice centres to wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth. These will be provided for those who do not have one upon arrival.

Temperature Checks

Temperature Checks

A member of our team will check your temperature upon arrival using one of our contact-free thermometers. If your temperature is above 37.5°C you may be asked to return at a later date.

Limited Centre Occupancy

To allow for safe distancing in our advice centres we have reduced the capacity at each location. You may be asked to wait outside or make an appointment and return if the centre is at capacity.  

Safe Distancing

Safe Distancing

We have placed markings on the floor to keep everyone at a safe distance. In addition, we have added clear screens in our advice rooms for additional safety.

Cleaning

Continuous Deep Cleaning

We have introduced an enhanced cleaning regime across our centres. This includes cleaning more frequently and wiping down all regular ‘touch point’ areas with a strong disinfectant every day.

To our clients,

Since we first began responding and adapting to COVID‑19 in March, Debt Free South West and our partners have let safety drive our decision‑making: safety of our staff, safety of our clients and safety of our communities.

That has meant being there for our clients as they depend on our advice in new ways; to stay connected as we have stayed apart by offering advice via telephone and email,  and it meant taking the unprecedented step to close all of our advice centres across the South West to protect the health and well‑being of our clients and teams.

During the summer, some of our advice centres had been able to open their doors to our clients again.

However, as we approach the second national lockdown on 5 November until 2 December, we have had to take the decision to close our advice centres again to protect our teams and clients.  We will continue to offer advice by telephone and email. 

Shortly, we will be offering more ways for our clients to access the service.  This will include Webchat, text message, WhatsApp and video calling.  These services will make advice more accessible than before and will be with us even after the end of lockdown. 

We wanted to share a bit about how we’re carrying forward our commitment to safety: how it’s informing our decision‑making, the significant steps we’re taking to keep everyone who visits one of our centres safe, and the ways in which our centres will look a little different.

Our commitment remains to only move forward with a reopening, after the second national lockdown, once we’re confident we can safely return to serving clients from our advice centres. We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long‑term trends, and guidance from local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into — and an advice centre opening in no way means that we won't take the preventative step of closing it again should local conditions warrant.

When an advice centre in your area does take this step to reopen — which you can check up on using the Find an Advice Centre search tool — you’ll find the same helpful, dedicated teams that were there before we closed, but things may look and feel a little different. For one thing, you'll find yourself with plenty of space.

In every centre, we're focused on limiting occupancy and giving everybody lots of room, and renewing our focus on one‑on‑one personalised service.

We’re also taking some additional steps in most places. Face masks will be required for all of our teams and clients, and we will provide them to clients who don’t bring their own. Temperature checks will be conducted at the door, and posted health questions will screen for those with symptoms — like cough or fever — or who have had recent exposure to someone infected with COVID‑19. Throughout the day, we're conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces and highly trafficked areas.

We’ve also taken this time to consider how we can serve our customers’ needs even more effectively, whether in one of our centres or digitally online.

The response to COVID‑19 is still ongoing, and we recognise that the road back will have its twists and turns. But whatever challenges lie ahead, COVID‑19 has only reinforced our faith in people — in our teams, in our clients and in our communities. Down the road, when we reflect on COVID‑19, we should always remember how so many people around the world put the wellbeing of others at the center of their daily lives. At Debt Free South West, we plan to carry those values forward, and we will always put the health and safety of our clients and teams above all else.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support the COVID‑19 response — whether that’s volunteering, donating, sharing gratitude for our key workers, or maintaining social distance to protect the health of our communities.

Stay well, stay safe, and we hope to see you soon.

 

Drew Huskisson | Project Manager, Debt Free South West

 

 

How to access our advice

Face to Face

Face to Face

We have over 20 locations across the South West, use our Advice Centre Locator to find your nearest one and check opening times.

Phone

Give us a call on freephone 0800 138 3422, our Advisers are available to help weekdays from 10am until 5pm.

Webchat

Our Advisers can help you via the webchat feature on our website. To start a webchat, click on the orange button at the bottom of the page.

Text Message

Can't talk? No problem! Drop us a text message us on 07445 124 284, our Advisers are available to help weekdays from 9am until 5pm.

Video

Need to speak to an Advisor face-to-face but can't make it to one of our centres? Use our new Video Advice service.  Advisers are available to help weekdays from 10am to 5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve heard that some Advice Centres near me are now open. How do I know which centres I can visit?

A: Some of our Advice Centres are now open. Please check our website for the latest on centre re-openings and operating hours.

Q: If I am coming to one of your Advice Centres, can I come with someone?

A: We prefer if you come alone but if you need support please ensure it is safe to do so

Q: Will I have to queue?

A: At our Advice Centres that have reopened you may experience short waiting times before being allowed to enter the store. To maintain social distancing, we are limiting centre occupancy and giving everyone lots of room. 

Q: Will I have to wear a mask when I visit the Advice Centre?

A: Yes. Face masks will be required for all of our teams and clients while visiting  and we will provide them to clients who don’t bring their own. N95 masks with valves and masks that do not cover your nose and extend below your chin— such as bandanas, are not permitted at our Advice Centres. Replacement masks will be provided as needed.

Q: What does contactless temperature check mean?

A: Before you enter an Advice Centre, we will take your temperature using a thermometer that does not touch the skin to ensure that it measures below 37.5° C (99.5° F). No data from this procedure will be recorded. Prior to your visit, please ask yourself the following health-related questions: Do I currently have a fever, chills, muscle or body aches? Do I currently have a cough or am I experiencing any respiratory issues? Do I have a headache, sore throat, runny nose or congestion? Am I experiencing any nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea? Have I been in contact with any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days? If you answered YES to any of these please visit at a later date.

Q: What protocols are you following to keep Advice Centres clean?

A: Throughout the day, we’re conducting enhanced deep cleanings that place special emphasis on all surfaces and highly trafficked areas.

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Barking and Dagenham Citizens Advice

2 Town Square
London
IG11 7NB
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 17:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00

Citizens Advice Brent

270-272 High Road
London
NW10 2EY
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 13:00 - 19:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Brent Civic Centre

32 Engineers Way
Wembley
HA9 0FJ
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:00 - 15:00
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Citizens Advice Bromley

4 South St
Bromley
BR1 1RH
T: 0808 164 2480

Brixton Advice Centre

165-167 Railton Road
London
SE24 0LU
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 15:00
Friday: Closed

Brixton Foodbank

St Luke's Church
Knights Hill
London
SE27 0HS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00

Fair Finance

18 Ashwin Street
London
E8 3DL
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 09:30 - 16:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Citizens Advice Hammersmith and Fulham

Avonmore Library
7 North End Crescent
London
W14 8TG
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 17:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00

Citizens Advice Hillingdon and Ealing

Civic Centre
Uxbridge
UB8 1UW
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 17:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00

Citizens Advice Lewisham

Bonfield Road
London
SE13 5EU
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00

Richmond Citizens Advice

94-102 High Street
Hampton Hill
TW12 1NY
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 14:00
Tuesday: 17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 14:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00 - 14:00

South West London Law Centres - Croydon branch

5th Floor Davis House
Robert Street
Croydon
CR0 1QQ
T: 0808 164 2480

Waltham Forest Citizens Advice

220 Hoe Street
London
E17 3AY
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Mary Ward Legal Centre

10 Great Turnstile
London
WC1V 7JU
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Kentish Town Citizens Advice

2 Prince of Wales Road
London
NW5 3LQ
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 14:00 - 16:00
Friday: 14:00 - 16:00

Enfield Citizens Advice

Unit 3, 5 Vincent House
Nags Head Road
Enfield
EN3 7FN
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 13:00
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 - 13:00
Friday: Closed

Enfield Carers

Britannia House
137-143 Baker Street
Enfield
EN1 3JL
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday (Fortnightly): 10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Haringey Citizens Advice

20E Waltheof Gardens
London
N17 7DN
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 - 13:00
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Citizens Advice Southwark

8 Market Place
London
SE16 3UQ
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Citizens Advice Southwark

97 Peckham High Street
London
SE15 5RS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: Closed

Kensington & Chelsea

2 Acklam Road
London
W10 5QZ
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 17:00
Friday: 09:30 - 17:00

Meridian Money Advice

St Alfege Passage
London
SE10 9JS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Tuesday: 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Wednesday: 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Thursday: 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30
Friday: 09:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 15:30

Nucleus

298 Old Brompton Road
London
SW5 9JF
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 13:30 - 17:00
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12:00 - 13:30
Friday: Closed

Sutton Citizens Advice

68 Parkgate Road
Wallington
SM6 0AH
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

Toynbee Hall

28 Commercial Street
London
E1 6LS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00
Friday: 10:00 - 16:00

Citizens Advice Westminster

21a Conduit Place
London
W2 1HS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 17:30 - 19:00 (for employed only)
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Citizens Advice Westminster - Church Street Library

67 Church Street
London
NW8 8EU
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:30 - 12:30 (doors open at 10am)
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Citizens Advice Westminster - Churchill Gardens Residents Hall

Churchill Gardens
London
SW1V 3AL
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00
Friday: Closed

South West London Law Centres - Merton branch

112 London Road
Modern
SM4 5AX
T: 0808 164 2480

South West London Law Centres - Wandsworth branch

76 Falcon Road
Wandsworth
SW11 2LR
T: 0808 164 2480

Citizens Advice Westminster - Beethoven Community Centre

Third Avenue
London
W10 4JL
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 13:30 - 16:00 (doors open at 13:00)
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Debt Free London HQ

28 Commercial Street
London
E1 6LS
T: 0808 164 2480

Monday: 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 10:00 - 17:00
Friday: 10:00 - 17:00

Citizens Advice Bristol

48 Fairfax Street
Bristol
BS1 3BL
T: 0808 278 7957

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        10:00 - 13:00

Tuesday:       10:00 - 13:00

Wednesday: 10:00 - 13:00

Thursday:     10:00 - 13:00

Friday:          10:00 - 13:00

Citizens Advice Bath & North East Somerset

2 Edgar Buildings
Bath
BA1 2EE
T: 0344 848 7919

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        9:30 - 14:30

Tuesday:       9:30 - 14:30

Wednesday:  9:30 - 14:30

Thursday:      9:30 - 14:30

Friday:           9:30 - 14:30

Citizens Advice North Somerset

39 Oxford Street
Weston-super-Mare
BS23 1TN
T: 0800 144 8848

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        9:00 - 17:00

Tuesday:       9:00 - 17:00

Wednesday:  9:00 - 17:00

Thursday:      9:00 - 17:00

Friday:           9:00 - 17:00

Citizens Advice South Somerset

Petters House
Petters Way
Yeovil
BA20 1SH
T: 03444 889 623

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        10:00 - 16:00

Tuesday:       10:00 - 16:00

Wednesday:  10:00 - 16:00

Thursday:      10:00 - 16:00

Friday:           10:00 - 16:00

GL Communities

Advice & Resource Centre, Norbury Avenue
Matson
Gloucester
GL4 6AG
T: 01452 505544

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        9:00 - 15:00

Tuesday:       9:00 - 15:00

Wednesday:  9:00 - 15:00

Thursday:      9:00 - 15:00

Friday:           9:00 - 15:00

North Bristol Advice Centre

2 Gainsborough Square
Lockleaze
Bristol
BS7 9XA
T: 07731 842 763

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        9:30 - 16:30

Tuesday:       9:30 - 16:30

Wednesday:  9:30 - 16:30

Thursday:      9:30 - 16:30

Friday:           CLOSED

South Bristol Advice Services

Withywood Centre, Queens Road
Withywood
Bristol
BS13 8QA
T: 0117 903 8358

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        09:00 - 17:00

Tuesday:       09:00 - 17:00

Wednesday:  09:00 - 17:00

Thursday:      09:00 - 17:00

Friday:           09:00 - 17:00

St Pauls Advice Centre

146 Grosvenor Road
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 8YA
T: 0117 955 2981

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:       10:00 - 16:00

Tuesday:       10:00 - 16:00

Wednesday:  14:00 - 16:00

Thursday:      10:00 - 16:00

Friday:           10:00 - 12:00

Talking Money

1 Hide Market, West Street
St Philips
Bristol
BS2 0BH
T: 0117 954 3990

Telephone and other Digital Services Only (Offices are currently closed)

Monday:        9:30 - 17:00

Tuesday:       9:30 - 17:00

Wednesday:  9:30 - 17:00

Thursday:      9:30 - 17:00

Friday:           9:30 - 17:00