8 July 2016


New advice service for East Finchley


A new advice service, which is being funded by Grange Big Local, started operating in East Finchley today.  


Grange Big Local is one of 150 areas in England that have been awarded £1 million of lottery money each.  It’s an exciting opportunity for residents of N2 to make a massive and lasting difference and make an even better neighbourhood.  


The resident-led Grange Big Local partnership board decided to put money into a weekly advice service, which is now operating on Friday mornings at St Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Centre at 279 High Road in East Finchley.  


It is currently available by appointment only, which can be arranged by calling 0300 456 8365.


Pat Murphy, Grange Big Local Partnership Chair, said:


“Grange Big Local’s vision is of a thriving and supportive community. We chose to invest in this project because we know how much people valued the old East Finchley Advice Service. We want to help people who need good advice on issues like debt, benefits, housing and consumer rights get it more easily. We want to put more money into the pockets of local people and we want to help lift the burden of stress that these problems may cause.”


Daniel Bamford, Head of Operations at Citizens Advice Barnet, said:


"Citizens Advice Barnet has been in operation since 1939, and we are delighted to be able to enhance our face to face service by offering this weekly Outreach session. We hope that local people will be encouraged to seek advice on their problems and concerns. Our service is always confidential, independent, impartial and free."


For more information on volunteering roles at Citizens Advice Barnet, go to  


For more information about Grange Big Local, go to