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Hi Everyone,

Some useful information that has come my way from a fellow Village Agent....

If you get certain benefits, including Pension Credit and Universal Credit, BT offer a low cost package called BT Basic It’s about £5 per month, plus calls, or £10 a month for phone and broadband.  It is mentioned in the small print on the back of your phone bill.  If you qualify, you can ring 0800 800 864 Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm to get the simple one page application form, you will need to give some information, date of birth, national insurance number, to check your eligibility.

A client is on the phone to try it so await next month to find out how they get on......

Don’t forget that if you are not on the internet, libraries will help you to complete the forms.

Another useful nugget – Citizen’s Advice are now offering support with managing utility bills.

Julia says, it can be simply information for people about their energy bill or statement – for example, some people don’t fully understand energy bills and what the different parts of a bill or statement mean, which I can explain to them.  What I have discovered from meeting many people through the EBDx project, is that many of us don’t understand tariffs or the actual difference between units used (kWh) and standing charges. So many individuals like me to explain things and find out options for different tariffs or  other suppliers, just for information.  However, some people wish to receive help with switching tariffs or supplier at an appointment, or at another time after thought, while others opt to simply have the information and not take action.  Call 01935 847665 or 075907 20365.

Men’s Sheds are going from strength to strength and there is now one open in South Petherton as well as the Yeovil branch.  It is a great way to get creative with woodwork and make new mates all at the same time! Cheaper than the pub too.

Community Council for Somerset have teamed up with European Social Fund to present Positive People, a chance for unemployed people to develop their skills to get them job ready.  They can support in a whole range of ways including addiction advice, anxiety, childcare options, digital technology and much more.  Call Jon 01823 331222.

For those in the Marston Magna area, just a reminder that I am hosting a Red Cross first Aid course in Marston Magna Village Hall 1.30pm  on 7th June.  After attending one myself, I was amazed at how things have changed!  There will be no folding a tea towel into a bandage anymore!

Now that the fear of litigation has reduced alongside the availability of services, we are all more responsible for each other than ever.   We are charging £2.50 to cover the hall hire and refreshment. It is well worth it!

Village Agents are a charity who give advice on staying  independent in your home, managing your finances, queries about transport, becoming a carer, starting social groups and just about anything!

You can find me at local coffee mornings and events or call and email me. cath@somersetrcc.org.ukVillage Agents are a charity who give advice on staying  independent in your home, managing your finances, queries about transport, becoming a carer, starting social groups and just about anything! You can find me at local coffee mornings and events or call and email me.

Cath Holloway – Village Agent

Cath HollowayMy role is to support people in living efficiently and independently and to negotiate the number of services available in South Somerset.  I am also available to help build closer communities by supporting the set up of local groups.  So do give me a call on 07968 521746 or email cath@somersetrcc.org.uk. If you think I can help.  My support is free and confidential courtesy of our super funders.


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