Advicelink Cymru is a Welsh Government funded Citizens Advice service designed to help people who are most in need of advice services, particularly those who would not usually seek advice. The service started in January 2020 and is currently funded until the end of March 2021.
In 2020, Advicelink Cymru helped almost 62,000 people with over 264,000 problems. In total, more than 9 in 10 clients reported that the service helped them find a way forward and more than 9 in 10 would recommend the service to other people.
Advicelink Cymru offers quality assured advice on welfare benefits, debt, employment, education, housing, immigration and discrimination.The service aims to help people access the right advice, at the right time and make it easier for them to access services again if they need further help—whether that’s about the same issue or something new.
The Advicelink Cymru service aims to:
Reach out to clients proactively, often through partners, to get advice service interventions to those most in need of them before they are in crisis
Work seamlessly so the client’s journey is as simple as possible
Provide regionally based services with national consistency
Deliver quality-assured advice with wraparound support for clients from partners. Partner support could be practical, emotional, clinical or social
People in Wales can access the service through our existing Adviceline Wales number from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: 0800 702 2020.
Relay UK — if you can’t hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0800 144 8884
People in Wales can contact our Specialist Employment and Discrimination helplineYou can contact our Specialist Employment and Discrimination helpline if you have a problem at work and/or think you are experiencing unfair treatment or discrimination and are worried about your rights and what you can do on 0808 278 7921. Calls are free and lines are open 9am - 5pm excluding bank holidays
For advice if you have rent arrears and are a private rented sector tenantYou can contact our Private Rented Sector Debt Helpline for advice on maximising income, managing debt and receive support to help you negotiate with your landlord on freephone 0808 278 7920. Lines are open 9am - 5pm excluding bank holidays
Advicelink Cymru is managed by Citizens Advice Cymru. Funding is sub-granted to individual local Citizens Advice offices and a broad range of local and national partners, who deliver advice services.
As well as advice partners our access partners are experts in engaging specific groups and communities across Wales. They help us reach the people who need our services most and provide wraparound emotional, clinical and social support services.
Find out more about our partners' work here:
- Tenovus Cancer Care
- EYST (Ethnic Minorities & Youth Support Team)
- Travelling Ahead
- Learning Disability Wales
With our network of advice partners, we’ll try out new ways to reach people who haven't accessed advice before or have specific advice needs, and we’ll learn as we go. We're gradually engaging new partners over time and we'll update this page as new organisations come on board.
Find out more about the service by downloading our service leaflet, available in English [ 120 kb] and Welsh [ 120 kb], and the impact we’re having in Wales. For further information or enquiries about partnerships, email firstname.lastname@example.org