Meetings to help make money last

Colin Frame, an independent financial adviser from local accountants Greaves West and Ayre, in Berwick.

Colin Frame, an independent financial adviser from local accountants Greaves West and Ayre, in Berwick.

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Two events focusing on finanicial advice are taking place in north Northumberland as part of an ongoing project to support the elderly.

Over the last 12 months, the Ageing Well programme has explored the issues for people growing older in Northumberland, and money has been highlighted as a key concern.

The two events will be held at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler in July and are free to attend.

The first event, Making the Money Last – financing retirement, will take place on Monday, July 9, from 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 4pm.

There will be a range of organisations available to provide free help and information.

Topics include budgeting and reducing energy and fuel costs, switching utility companies to get the best deal, advice on welfare benefits, the local credit union, the Government’s Green Deal on energy efficiency and dealing with personal debt.

There will be two expert panel question and answer sessions at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Light refreshments will be available and if you want to attend and need transport, contact Roz Tinlin of WRVS on 01669 621359.

The following day (Tuesday, July 10) at 7.30pm, Colin Frame, an independent financial adviser from local accountants Greaves West and Ayre, in Berwick, will give a short talk on the options available when planning for retirement.

He will discuss the important issues to think about, what to avoid and where to find reliable and independent financial advice and information.

Wine and nibbles will be provided along with the chance to get your questions answered by an expert.

Although Colin cannot provide individual advice on the day, he will give general information in an accessible format, relevant to anyone of working age.

Those attending are asked to contactJane Pannell on 01289 388321.