A new service offering housing advice to the South Asian community in Bristol and South Gloucestershire has been launched by a consortium including Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group.
Aashyana Advice Service has a three-year contract from Clarion to provide quality, free advice and support and aims to help over 200 people across the region each year. The service is being delivered by a consortium of partners, including CHAS Bristol, Citizen’s Advice Service and St Paul’s Advice Centre. Advice about housing, debt and other issues is tailored to individual need and can be given over the phone, via the service’s website, by appointment or drop-in sessions or through community outreach.
The service will continue Aashyana’s proud 25-year legacy of working within the community, after the merger of Aashyana Housing Association’s with Affinity Sutton (now part of Clarion Housing Group) in 2014.
Neil McCall, Chief Executive Officer of Clarion Housing Group’s Housing Association, said: ‘At Clarion we are committed to investing in communities to help them thrive. We are a national housing association, but we are dedicated to providing local communities with the bespoke support they need.’
Steve Woodcock, of St Paul’s Advice Centre and leader of the consortium responsible for delivering the service, added: ‘What’s key for the three established agencies who deliver the advice service is that by working closely together, we can help and advise people so that their homes are safe, secure and affordable.’
Clarion Housing Group was formed in 2016 following a merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing Group, and is now the UK’s largest housing association, owning and managing 125,000 homes across 176 local authorities.
For more information about Aashyana Advice Service, visit http://www.aashyana-advice.org.uk/