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The Speakeasy Advice Centre

The Speakeasy Advice Centre is a registered charity supporting the poor and disadvantaged in Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taf. The Centre provides free legal advice and representation for people struggling with debt, fuel poverty and welfare benefit problems. We aim to release people from financial hardship and improve the quality of their lives.

Clients - The Speakeasy hold drop in advice sessions in Cardiff and Tonyrefail. The majority of the Speakeasy’s clients live within the top 10% disadvantaged communities of Wales (WIMD 2011). Many of them also suffer from problems associated with poverty, including poor housing, poor health, little social engagement, high incidences of family breakdown, stress, anxiety and depression.

Case Story
Roy had suffered with mental health problems throughout his adult life after being abused as a child and as a young adult.  Substantial debts had been taken out in his name by his abuser, which caused him severe anxiety even after the abuse had stopped.  For some time the Speakeasy had helped him fend off creditors and bailiffs, while a support worker from the Wallich helped him cope from day to day.  The only realistic route out of debt was bankruptcy, but he was in no position to raise the substantial bankruptcy fee.  The Speakeasy obtained a charitable grant for the bankruptcy fee, then helped him through the process, leaving him free of debt for the first time in many years.  Roy has ongoing challenges and needs, but our help has taken a huge weight from his mind.

Quotes
Typical quotes from clients who have received help include: 
“Service & staff were brilliant…You listened and gave advice without being superficial.” 
“Thank you for helping me get back on my feet after divorce…the death of my mother and debt.” 
“The best thing I ever did was come to see you.”

Contact Details 
The office is based just on Richmond Road in Roath. We also hold outreach surgeries in the Credit Union in Tonyrefail. For further information about the Centre and what we do, please see our website (www.speakeasyadvice.co.uk) or call 029 2045 3111.

 



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