Stockton District Advice and Information Service (SDAIS) is part of the Citizens Advice Bureau network that helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers. As a registered charity, we are reliant on trained volunteers and raising funds to provide these vital services for local communities.
Our aims are:
- To ensure individuals do not suffer through lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities or, of the services available to them, or through an inability to express their needs effectively.
- To exercise a responsible influence on the development of social policies and services, both locally and nationally.
- The Youth Advice Service was originally set up following a pilot youth advice service when we identified that few clients under 25 were using the service. The initial 3-year pilot project offered generalist advice. It produced a report entitled, ‘Bridging the Gap’, which made a number of recommendations for the development of youth advice services in Stockton borough.
- Based on the experience of the pilot, it was recommended that a larger and more specifically youth targeted service was required with the capacity to undertake specialist casework as part of its overall remit to work with young people. On this basis, The Cabin was launched.
The aims of our project are:
- To enable young people to obtain high quality advice to deal with social welfare issues, thereby increasing life chances and equipping young people with the skills and confidence to tackle issues and needs.
- To provide young people with the opportunities to improve and increase life, social, work skills and strengthen their ability and confidence through volunteering opportunities
- To provide young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence to engage and become actively involved in their local community.