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Blog: Planning your future? Know your rights!
9:41am Wednesday 1st August 2012 in Opinion
August is an anxious time for many young people awaiting exam results and planning their future.
There are so many decisions to make; looking for work (paid or voluntary), leaving the family home, managing finances, applying for benefits or taking a gap year to travel, the choices are endless.
Knowing where to turn for free, impartial and confidential advice can be tricky. The Citizens Advice Bureau is here to help. Last year the CAB helped young people with nearly ¾ million problems. We can give advice in person or by phone or there’s our self-help websites www.advice4me.org.uk and www.adviceguide.org.uk
Throughout Cumbria there are other sources of information. Cumbria County Council has help and advice for 13-19 year olds at www.connexionscumbria.co.uk and www.inspira.org.uk whilst the Cumbria Youth Alliance has information about training bursaries and projects www.cya.co.uk
Before making a decision, why not find out what all your options are.
Free, confidential advice and help is available from the Citizens Advice Bureau on any aspect of debt, benefits, employment, housing and any other problems.
You can contact the Grange or Windermere Citizens Advice Bureau by phone or in person. Call 015395 33100 / 015394 46464. If you don't need us for advice, how about helping us by becoming a volunteer or making a donation? Not many people realize that we are a charity - see our website for details www.cumbriaruralcab.org.uk.