A cost-of-living event set up to raise awareness of support in Wrexham communities was held in Johnstown.

The event was one of six taking place across the county borough, with the last being held in Plas Madoc on Thursday.

Agencies that all offer support in Wrexham held stalls and gave out information on resources they have to help those in need this winter.

They have been quite popular and organisers say the thing most people are worried about is their utility bills and how they will afford to pay them.

Those agencies offering advice on numerous financial and welfare issues were for example the Wellbeing Hub in Wrexham, Hafren Dyfrdwy, Communities for Work, North Wales Young Carers, the Housing Service and more.

The idea behind the events is to make sure people are aware of the grants and help they can get, while also ensuring they are more educated on how they can save money, especially with Christmas around the corner.

Faye Sellwood, the Financial Inclusion officer who organised the Johnstown event, said: “There’s all sorts of grants at the moment which is great and will help but long term that’s not actually going to solve anything so we’re trying to speak to people and see how they can budget better.”

Faye explained that the events are also good for the agencies, as they are able to learn more about each other’s resources so they can now refer people to each other.

A cross party cost of living working group has been set up across the council to try and address some of the cost-of living issues.  

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Cllr David A Bithell, the lead member for housing, pushed for the events to take place and is a member of the group.

He said: “The idea is to make sure people can claim what they're entitled to and get help and advice from benefits of local estate office.

“On top of that, our estate office staff are also contacting vulnerable tenants so they are ringing people living alone and the elderly to make sure they’re ok.”

The council has also been working on community warm spaces, and so far, all the libraries in Wrexham will become a warm hub for those in need.

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