Enjoying a fair Christmas

John Pentland MSP chats to CAB general manager Audrey Cuthbertson, some of the exhibitors and 'Santa Claus'
John Pentland MSP chats to CAB general manager Audrey Cuthbertson, some of the exhibitors and 'Santa Claus'

Motherwell and Wishaw Citizens’ Advice Bureau held a Christmas Advice Fair at the Jim Foley Centre in Craigneuk.

It was opened by Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland who thanked exhibitors for bringing together information and advice on a range of topics intended to help people reduce costs, but at the same time to enjoy a healthy, safe and secure holiday.

John said: “Very often this information is available, but working through it all can be a minefield and, for many members of the community, very daunting.

“It makes a huge difference when visitors can speak to staff individually to get the right advice on what’s available to them.

“Well done to those involved in organising this Christmas Advice Fayre.”

The exhibitors included the Home Energy Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Police, Scottish Association for Mental Health, Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre, North Lanarkshire Council Community Engagement Team, Lanarkshire Health Improvement Team, Wishaw/Shotts/Motherwell Lifelong Learning Team and fuel suppliers.

The CAB’s stall had information on a range of topics including the pitfalls to avoid with payday loans, the Money Advice Service for budget planning, the Armed Services’ Advice Project for serving and ex-serving members and the CAB’s energy advice which can help people making good savings on energy use, as well as information on the advice pilot being delivered in Craigneuk.

All visitors to the event were entered into the free draw for the range of prizes which were donated by local businesses/organisations, including Tony Macaroni’s, Marky’s Chippy Van and MOSKO hairdressing salon.

Audrey Cuthbertson, general manager of Motherwell and Wishaw CAB said: “We are grateful to all the people, agencies and organisations that have supported the event .

“Christmas is a joyous time and we wanted members of our community to enjoy it.

“This event is about empowering people to avoid being faced with the post Christmas blues.”