Contact your local advice provider
Sunderland West Advice Project
Sunderland West Advice Project is for people who live in the west of the city including Pallion, St Anne's, St Chads, Sandhill, Silksworth and Barnes. The project is based at East Moor Road, Pallion, Sunderland and offers an advice service on Monday to Thursday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and on Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. Telephone 0191 514 2930
Shiney Advice and Resource Project (ShARP)
ShARP is for people who live in Coalfield and Washington. The project is based in Shiney Row and offers an advice service on Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Appointments are available in the community. Telephone 0191 385 6687
Fiscus can provide help with benefits and debt. Contact them to find out if they could help you. Telephone: 0191 447 0920
Citizens Advice Sunderland
Citizens Advice Sunderland is for people who live in the East of the city including, Hendon, Doxford Park, Ryhope, St. Michael's and Millfield and the North of the city including Fulwell, St Peters, Southwick, Castle and Redhill wards. The Service is based at Waterloo Place, Sunderland and offers an advice service from Monday to Thursday 9.00am to 4.30pm and Friday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Appointments are available in the community. Telephone 0300 330 1194
AgeUK Sunderland is working and campaigning on issues affecting all older people within the boundaries of the city. Most services are free of charge and are available to anyone over 50 years of age. Telephone: 0191 514 1131
Legal aid can help meet the costs of legal advice, family mediation and representation in a court or tribunal. If you are eligible you could get help with the costs of legal advice or getting someone to speak or negotiate for you.
Shelter North East
Shelter North East provide a number of different services including information about issues affecting housing, debt or welfare benefits. Services are available for anyone to access.
Christians Against Poverty (CAP)
If you are struggling to repay debts, CAP can help you create a realistic budget that prioritises your essential bills, negotiate with your creditors and where possible stop unfair interest charges.
Report loan sharks to the Illegal Money Lending Team
Loan sharks are illegal money lenders. They may appear friendly at first but can use intimidation and violence if payments are not made. They may be a friend of a friend or someone you know in the community.
Where to get free debt advice
If you're struggling with debt, it can be hard to know where to turn. But with lots of free, confidential help and advice services available across the UK, there's no need to use a fee-charging debt management company.