Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
CAB can help you with your applications, appeals, debt advice and budgeting.
Advice line - 03444 111 444 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
Debt Advice Line 0300 323 2000 Monday to Friday 9am to 12 noon
Woodhouse Close Church, Proudfoot Drive, Woodhouse Close
You can get help with budgeting, food bank, clothes and furniture
Mon – Fri 9am to 12pm Tel: 01388 450838
Shildon Salvation Army, Cross Street, Shildon
You can get help with budgeting, food bank and ICT support
01388 644277 Opening times vary
Shildon Alive, 19 Church St, Shildon, DL4 1DS
Provides help with benefit claims, access to computers and other support.
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. 10am-4pm
Credit unions can help you to save money, budgeting and provide low cost loans.
Woodhouse Close Church & Community Centre, Proudfoot Drive
Thurs. 9.30 – 11.30
Dene Valley One Stop Shop, High St. Eldon Lane,
Tues. 10.00 – 12.00
Shildon Alive, 19 Church St, Shildon, DL4 1DS Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri. 10-12pm
Prince Bishops Community Bank (Credit Union)
01388 417 830
22 Finkle Street, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7PL (Next to bus station)
Open Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Phone Lines Open Mon - Fri - 10:00 - 16:00
If you are struggling you can request a voucher for your local food bank through your GP surgery, Citizens Advice Bureau, Welfare Rights, Age UK.
You can find out about your local food banks on 0191 303 7559.
To donate or receive a food hamper you can contact Feeding Families North East through their Facebook group. It can take a few days to receive a food hamper.
If you are caring for someone else you can get help with accessing and completing benefit and grant forms, support groups, respite and training.
Tel: 0300 005 1213/ http://www.dccarers.org
Access to Computers and ICT support
The local libraries in Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Coundon, Shildon and Woodhouse Close have ICT support sessions where you can access the computers and support with your applications.
Auckland Youth & Community Ctr, Walker Dr, Woodhouse Close
01388 604575 Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm
Jobcentre Plus, Market Place, Bishop Auckland
Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fri 9am - 5pm, Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Eldon Community Centre, Main Road, Eldon, Bishop Auckland,
01388 775955 Opening times vary
Dene Valley One Stop Shop, High Street, Eldon Lane, Bishop Auckland
01388 417 740 You can access ICT, job seeking support, credit union
Foundations, Shildon, 51-55 Church Street, Shildon, DL4 1DT
Drop in for support using email, job search sites, training and more.
Every Monday from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
If you or your children are in immediate danger always ring 999.
To speak to a member of the team urgently please phone:
Monday – Friday; 9am – 5pm 01388 600094
24 hour urgent support line: 07946 190 203
Harbour is a specialist domestic abuse service who can help people who live within County Durham. You can contact Harbour on 03000 202 525 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can download an advice leaflet here.
You could also go to your GP, health visitor, social worker, housing officer, MP's office or the police who can get advice on your behalf.