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Trading Standards are working with the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) to steer residents away from borrowing from loan sharks. A loan shark is someone who lends money illegally without the correct authorisation from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it's often the hardest one.

As we get older we gain wisdom and experience but we can also be unaware of some of the bad habits we pick up whilst driving.SAGE - Safer Driving with AGE is a programme providing older drivers with support, guidance and coaching to enable them to...

What is the Blue Badge Scheme? The Blue Badge scheme is a national parking scheme. A Blue Badge entitles people to park close to where they want to go if they are a driver or passenger who is: registered as severely sight impaired or disabled and has severe mobility problems

In a house fire, you might think that the smoke would wake you and give you and your family time to escape. But after just two or three breaths of toxic smoke, you're unconscious. Your lungs fill up and you can't breathe. Just like drowning.Gloucestershire Fire...

The benefits system provides practical help and financial support. You may be entitled to support if you have a disability, are ill, or if you care for someone. It also provides you with additional income if you are unemployed and looking for work, if your earnings...

It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%. It's free, easy to take, has an immediate effect and you don't need a GP to get some. Its name? Exercise.

If you're blind or partially sighted, you may be referred to a specialist low-vision clinic, which is often located within a hospital. Staff at the clinic can help you understand your condition and come to terms with your diagnosis. They can also advise you about practical things, such as lighting and vision aids, and let you know about further sources of help and support.

Building Your Circle - steps to help you build your own supportUltimately, Your Circle isn't just about people who receive social care. It applies to everyone, helping you to live an independent life for as long as possible.Your Circle may well include formal support from statutory...

Paying for care in your own homeIf you or your family feel that you need extra support to stay independent at home, you may be eligible for support from social care.You may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), or Attendance Allowance (over 65 yrs). Follow...

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