Agnes Smith Advice Centre (Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Support Scheme)

Agnes Smith Advice Centre (Blackbird Leys Neighbourhood Support Scheme)

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Since 1972, The Agnes Smith Advice Centre has been providing specialist, confidential advice to those experiencing issues with debt, welfare benefits and housing in the Blackbird Leys Estate, Oxford. The impact of the organisation is remarkable: in 2021 alone, they helped 1,200 people claim over £1.3 million in entitlements and write off debts of £400,000. Given the rapidly growing demand for their centre’s services, the organisation is now merging with a neighbouring community advice centre to broaden their reach across South Oxford. The Fore’s grant will allow to the organisation to upskill staff and increase capacity, so the is team is well placed to steer the charity through this exciting period of growth.