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Kilburn residents urged to ‘ASK’ at launch of free legal advice service

PUBLISHED: 17:32 18 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:49 18 February 2016

Helen Rice of the South Kilburn Trust talks Kilburn resident Louie through the rang eof advice services on offer

Helen Rice of the South Kilburn Trust talks Kilburn resident Louie through the rang eof advice services on offer

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Residents in Kilburn welcomed the arrival of a new weekly advice service aimed at helping them cope with the challenges of modern life.

Helen Rice, Chief Executive of Advising London joins Cllr Margaret McLennan and Mark Allan, Chief executive of the South Kilburn Trust to launch the weekly ASK sessions.Helen Rice, Chief Executive of Advising London joins Cllr Margaret McLennan and Mark Allan, Chief executive of the South Kilburn Trust to launch the weekly ASK sessions.

The South Kilburn Trust, based in Canterbury Terrace, launched its free Advice South Kilburn (ASK) service yesterday by offering more than 30 residents a first taste of the confidential support on offer.

Residents will be able to seek advice for housing, employment debt, benefits and consumer issues.

The South Kilburn Trust teamed up with charity Advising London for its first venture in north London after residents, many of whom had found themselves with spiralling costs and conflicting advice, appealed for affordable help with their legal and housing affairs.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council’s leader member for housing and development, who officially launched the service, said: “South Kilburn is transforming.

Kilburn resident Margaret looks through advice pamphlets at the ASK launch in Canterbury TerraceKilburn resident Margaret looks through advice pamphlets at the ASK launch in Canterbury Terrace

“It is important that the community works together to support local residents to develop and grow.”

“I am delighted to be officially launching this advice service which will provide different local people the opportunity to achieve this.”

The charity will be running a drop-in session supervised by staff from Advising London every Wednesday from 10am-1pm at the trust’s offices in Canterbury Terrace.

Pauline, a local resident, said: “I am very happy that an advice service for local people is being launched in South Kilburn.

“People here have been waiting for this for a long, long time. People need advice for all sorts of different reasons and this service can help them”.

For more information on the confidential weekly advice session see: http://bit.ly/1QolH3D .

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