Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and many others.
As well as helping people to solve their problems, Citizens Advice aims to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. We do this try and prevent these problems happening again.
To do this, we have a dedicated Research and Campaigns team at Citizens Advice Medway. They collect evidence of the causes of people’s problems which is then used to raise awareness and challenge the people and policies responsible.
We focus on issues that impact a lot of people in the area and which keep happening to people, but everybody’s problem is considered as a possible Research and Campaigns issue. Since we collect evidence on issues that are present at local and national levels, we work on some campaigns that affect our local residents and others that affect the national population.
Our three main local campaigns at the moment are:
These campaigns are some of the biggest issues affecting the clients who come through our doors. We also run shorter campaigns throughout the year and take part in national events with other organisations, for instance Big Energy Saving Week and Scams Awareness Month. We have also conducted a Financial Debt Survey across Medway in the hopes of determining why people borrow and the problems this can cause.
All of our volunteers inform their clients about our R&C team. Everybody at Citizens Advice Medway is encouraged to participate and help the public in this way.
If you would like to let us know about a problem you think is affecting people in Medway, contact the Research and Campaigns team. You can do this by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01634 383760 and asking to speak to a member of the team.
14th December 2017
Citizens Advice Medway is warning people against getting into debt to pay for Christmas. The Advice charity is warning people not to rely too heavily on credit to get through the festive period, but recommends making presents and focusing on low cost Christmas events. Dan McDonald, Chief Executive Officer for Citizens Advice Medway, said: "These are difficult times for a lot of us and the temptation is to say ‘at least we’ll have a great Christmas’ and use that as an excuse to spend what we haven’t got. "Over indulging on presents for everyone in a mile radius is no longer in fashion. "Most of us have seen our income squeezed significantly and will be scaling back so we mustn’t feel the pressure to over consume." Last year the charity helped people who had racked up record levels of debt and saw firsthand the devastating after effects that overspending can have on families. Dan McDonald continued: "Decide what you have to spend. Make a list and be realistic. Paying in...
29th August 2017
The Medway Local Welfare Scheme is now being delivered by Imago Community. Previously operated by West Kent Extra, the scheme is designed to help vulnerable people in Medway who have a crisis and need urgent financial support. This may be following an emergency, disaster or unforeseen...
14th July 2017
National Citizens Advice says that the Matthew Taylor review of modern employment practices includes many proposals which would help people currently at the sharp end of insecure work but says that enhanced rights and protections will require more effective enforcement. Research by the national...
10th July 2017
The rollout of Universal Credit should be paused until significant problems with it are fixed, says national Citizens Advice. In a major new report - Delivering on Universal Credit - the charity reveals that the requirement to wait for six weeks to receive any payment means people face serious...
3rd April 2017
‘MEDWAY PROJECT WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR DEMENTIA FRIENDLY SOCIETY, THANKS TO FUNDING’ A project aimed at increasing awareness of dementia and battling the stigma of the disease will continue, thanks to funding secured by Citizens Advice Medway and Healthwatch Medway. Medway Dementia...
29th November 2016
Buying Electrical Goods #SwitchedOn Electrical goods cover everything from tumble dryers to mobile phones and drones. Knowing your rights and understanding product safety will help you make informed choices when buying electrical goods. Find out more about our campaign here. Before...
8th November 2016
Citizens Advice Medway has teamed up with the Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) once again. Using proceeds of crime taken from convicted illegal money lenders, the IMLT has issued funding to various organisations to run individual campaigns aimed at helping to raise awareness of the pitfalls...
2nd November 2016
Big Energy Saving Week (31 October - 6 November) is a national campaign run by Citizens Advice, Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The campaign aims to help people to cut their energy costs by following a three-step rule - check,...
20th October 2016
As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent & Medway, Matthew Scott has issued a survey so members of the public can assist with creating the Police and Crime Plan. This sets out the strategic priorities for Kent Police. The existing plan which can be viewed at...
19th October 2016
‘INDIVIDUALITY LAUNCHED TO TACKLE HATE CRIME’ MEDWAY, UNITED KINGDOM Citizens Advice Medway has launched its new project to tackle Hate Crime across Kent and Medway. ‘Individuality’ which is being launched in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott, will raise...
3rd Floor Kingsley House
37-39 Balmoral Road
Telephone: 01634 383760
Fax: 01634 383767
Charity registration number 1115644 | VAT registration number 824 2147 52 | Registered number 5568569 England & Wales.
Citizens Advice Medway is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 617661).