Overview

GL Communities provides a specialist legal money advice service that is delivered by a team of money advice caseworkers through face to face sessions, telephone and online advice. Many of our sessions are delivered through outreach work and in partnership.  We have opportunties for volunteers to train with us to support the advice team and are currently developing a mentoring scheme that will provide support to people who are struggling to find their way out of debt.

We also provide training in financial capability, energy efficiency and work in social policy.


  • About our team

    All members of the Money Advice Team hold Money Advice qualifications and are accredited members of the Institute of Money Advisers (either fully qualified MIMA(Cert) or Associate Members, AIMA) gaining their qualifications from the University of Staffordshire. We are Debt Relief Order Intermediary registered. We hold a current Advice Quality Standard (AQS).
  • Accessibility

    GL Communities is committed to making our services accessible to all. Our office is fully wheelchair accessible, with a ramp and disabled toilet facilities. We have access to telephone language interpretation service covering all of the world’s major languages and for clients with hearing loss, we can use sign language interpreters, lip speakers, note takers or other communication support available from local organisations. Service dogs are welcome.
  • How we can help

    If you are concerned about your financial situation you can contact us for free advice. We can help you:

    • - Income maximization – (are you claiming the benefits you are entitled to)
    • - Create and manage a budget
    • - Understand which debts are most important and why
    • - Assist you to work out the best plan for dealing with your debts
    • - Negotiate reasonable, sustainable repayments when and where appropriate
    • - Understand your legal rights and responsibilities
    • - Provide emergency support
  • How do I access the service

    Online advice:

    Online advice is available to anyone in Gloucestershire.

    Telephone advice:

    Please call our Money Advice Line between 9.30 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on weekdays and an adviser will call you back.

    Face to face:

    We offer a face to face drop-in advice service at our office and various outreach locations across the county. In order for us to give you the best advice please bring any paperwork relating to your debts and proof of your income. Everyone will be seen on the day.

  • Drop in sessions and locations

    Day Time Location
    Monday 9:30am - 3:30pm
    Hesters Way neighbourhood Project, Hesters Way Resource Centre, Cheltenham
    9:30am - 12:30pm Podsmead Big Local The Hub,15a Scott Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, GL2 5BD
    10.00am - 12pm (apt only) Cainscross Parish Council
    Tuesday 9:30am - 12:30pm Trinity Centre (as above)
    10:00am - 12:00pm APT Stonehouse, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse GL10 2DB
    1.30pm - 4:30pm Tesco’s, St Oswalds Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SG
    Wednesday 9:30am - 12.30pm Trinity Centre (as above)
    10:00am - 12:30pm The Gateway, 81 Matson Ave, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6LL
    12:00pm - 3:00pm Gloucester Foodbank, George Whitefield Centre, 107 Great Western Rd, Gloucester GL1 3NF
    Thursday 9:30am - 12.30pm
    1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Trinity Centre (as above)
    11:30am - 2:300pm Gloucester Foodbank (as above)
    1:00pm to 3:00pm (apt only) GL11 Cam/Dursley
    Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm Trinity Centre (as above)

    You can see an adviser at any time during our opening hours, based on capacity, on a first come first serve basis.

    Locations

    • GL Communities, The Trinity Centre, 60 Norbury Avenue, Gloucester, GL4 6AG
    • Podsmead Big Local, The Hub,15a Scott Avenue, Podsmead, Gloucester, GL2 5BD
    • APT, 1 Park Parade, Stonehouse GL10 2DB
    • Tesco, St Oswalds Rd, Gloucester GL1 2SG
    • The Gateway, 81 Matson Ave, Matson, Gloucester GL4 6LL
    • Gloucester Foodbank, George Whitefield Centre, 107 Great Western Rd, Gloucester GL1 3NF
  • Workshops

    We can deliver workshops to groups on all areas of financial education including managing money and benefit applications online. To book workshops do get in touch.
  • Volunteering

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer adviser or a mentor to people who are struggling to come out of debt, do get in touch. If being an adviser is not your thing then we do need assistance with administration and the like.
  • Feedback

    GL Communities welcomes feedback in order to help us improve our services. We therefore ask you to complete a short service feedback survey after you have contact with us. If you are not happy with any aspect of the service you have received, please let us know using our complaints form. For our full Complaints Policy and Procedure please contact us.

  • Useful Information

    Here are some useful links to other organisations that may be able to help or do you want to find out what benefits you may be entitled to.

    Money Advice Trust is a charity which places partnership working at the core of everything it does.

    Money Health Check a free online financial health checker tool.

    Are you missing out on help? Use this benefits calculator to see what benefits you are entitled to.

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Make a referral

If you work with clients who would benefit from our services and would like to refer them with their consent,
please do so through our Money Advice West Portal.

  • General Telephone

    General Telephone

    01452 505554

  • Money Advice Line

    Money Advice Line

    01452 306581

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Members of

AQS Money Advice Services Advice UK