In the Market for Advice?

On Saturday 16 May a Gruffalo, Minion, Barney and a Dalek were in Gosport High Street entertaining local people - who were finding out about the range of advice and support services and also the volunteer opportunities that are available in Gosport.

Gosport Advice and Information Network (GAIN) is an innovative Big Lottery funded project, they organised a community advice day called, ‘In the Market for Advice?’ where representatives from Gosport Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Gosport Voluntary Association, Cedar Oak, St Vincent College and many other local organisations engaged with local people about their services and offered practical help and advice. It also gave local organisations an opportunity to find out a bit more about each other’s services too!

With the help of GAIN staff and dedicated volunteers the event was also to promote the new GAIN website, www.gain-gosport.org.uk which signposts local people to the advice and information they need. They or local organisations can also book places through the new GAIN website on one of GAIN’s free ‘Make Your Money Go Further’ or ‘Computers Skills for Beginners’ workshops.

Confidential one-to-one sessions were also offered by the Money Advice Service on budgeting, saving, credit & borrowing, mortgages & insurance…

Lynbyrd Express offered employability sessions in Gosport Discovery Centre, supporting people who are job-seeking and offering them details of free courses that may help them achieve to their goals.

Sunshine, good music provided by Radio Haslar and tasty, healthy snacks and drinks provided by Morrisons, ensured that there were smiles all round. Angela Gill, GAIN Project Manager said, “‘In the Market for Advice?’ was the first public event that GAIN has organised and it was a great start. Not only by raising awareness of these local services, but also by supporting local services and encouraging them to work closer together to offer the best service possible to Gosport residents.”

To find out more about GAIN, its volunteer opportunities, its free workshops and also its member organisations and the services they offer - please visit:-

www.gain-gosport.org.uk or ring the GAIN office on 02392 588035.