Aug 152015

Aug 15




Hastings Legal Walk 2015 takes place on Monday 14 September and is being held in aid of The Advice & Community Hub. We are raising funds to support The Hub and our Reception area. Money raised will go towards our Reception volunteer expenses and equipment. So far in 2015, over 6,500 people have already visited the Hub, and have been welcomed, supported, advised and referred by our Reception volunteers. Without these volunteers and equipment, we wouldn’t be able to keep the Advice & Community Hub doors open.

The Hastings Legal Walk 2015 is co-ordinated by The London Legal Support Trust and is sponsored by Wesleyan and The Law Society. There are Legal Walks across the country throughout the year, and this will be the 7th year that Hastings will host one of the walks.

Teams or individuals walk one of the routes and are sponsored raising funds for The Hub. There are two routes and they both start at 5pm from The First In Last Out Pub in the High Street.

Route 1 is a 10k route that goes up and over the East and West Hills.

Route 2 is inspired by Dina Christodoulou, former Chief Executive of Citizens Advice 1066 who sadly passed away earlier this year, and takes a more leisurely stroll around Hastings on a more level course, along the seafront to Warrior Square and back again to the FILO.

At the end of the walk all walkers will be bought a drink (see, I told you), courtesy of Wesleyan.

ALL we are asking is that you either

  1. Get a team together to walk one of the routes and secure sponsorships for your walkers to raise funds, or
  2. Sponsor a friend or colleague that you know is doing the walk, or
  3. Sponsor one of our Advice & Community Hub teams who have already signed up to do the walk, or
  4. Cajole, badger, plead, suggest or maybe try asking nicely, if your friends could get a team together. Teams do not have to come from the Legal or Advice Services world, and could be any workplace, organisation or group, or
  5. Share this message with everyone you know, or
  6. All of the above

If you are interested in entering a team, it is a very simple process to register a team initially, and to then subsequently add walkers. The sooner you sign up, the easier it will be to start raising sponsorship

If you have any questions, please contact, or call me on 07977336610.

If you would like to enter a team of your own, please visit

If you would like to raise funds through sponsorship,, please download the offline sponsorship form- click  here  

If you would like to sponsor one of our own Hub teams, then please visit:


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 Posted by at 2:25 pm
Aug 122015

Aug 10

Some numbers to consider…..

Since the beginning of the year….

people  6,500 visits have been made to the Advice & Community Hub

british notes £1,967,407 in benefits has been gained by HARC for their clients

Telephone Over 3,000 advice query telephone calls have been dealt with


Between April and July Citizens Advice….

people were contacted by over 1,800 people

issue dealt with over 5,500 issues, mainly debt, housing, benefits and employment, but also utilities, consumer, domestic violence divorce and immigration.



We are proud of what we do, and every now and again it is more than ok to shout from the rooftops about the Free, Quality, Impartial and Confidential advice services we provide to everybody who needs them. Please share this information, and at every opportunity can you please promote The Advice & Community Hub, and tell people who we are, where we are, and what we do…..thank you.

 Posted by at 11:11 am
Aug 112015

Aug 7

New Mortgage Support Service for Homeowners Worried About Meeting Their Mortgage Costs or Already Falling Into Arrears

BHT Hastings Advice Centre has set up a new free and confidential Mortgage Support Service. The service is available to homeowners who are worried about meeting their mortgage costs or are already falling into mortgage arrears. The new service is being provided at a time of increased economic uncertainty, benefit cuts and an anticipated rise in interest rates. The new service will be provided from The Advice and Community Hub, London Road, St. Leonards.

BHT’s qualified and experienced staff will liaise directly with mortgage lenders, provide financial health checks – looking at budgeting and benefit entitlements, and provide support, information, advocacy and guidance. The service will provide practical help and support for people who have already fallen into mortgage arrears, and also just as importantly, provide advice and guidance for people who have concerns about meeting their current and future mortgage costs. Support for Mortgage Interest (SMI) is a means-tested benefit currently claimed by 161,000 people. Homeowners entitled to SMI can get help with monthly payments on a mortgage worth up to £200,000. On 6 July 2015 the SMI rate dropped from 3.63% to 3.12%, and on a £150,000 25 year mortgage the amount that can be claimed each month will fall by over £60. This could result in families breaching court orders and facing eviction.

Hastings is a national and regional hotspot for repossessions. According to the latest figures, Hastings is ranked 6th in the whole of the South East for home repossessions, and there are currently over 400 local families claiming SMI. Jo Wilson, Manager at BHT Hastings Advice Service said “This brand new service is as much about helping people already in financial difficulty as it is about providing support and information to help prevent others from ending up in similar situations. We really do want to work with people and the mortgage lenders, to reduce the number of home repossessions and to help people plan and budget for their futures, to help prevent families from experiencing the devastating effects of losing their home.

BHT is providing the Mortgage Support Service from The Advice & Community Hub, Renaissance House, London Road, St. Leonards. Call us on 01424 452613 or email

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