CIVIC leaders are hoping a newly relaunched website can provided a one stop shop for residents looking to beat the Monday blues.
Traditionally know as Blue Monday, today is said to be the day most of us feel the impact of the end to the festive season hardest, with bad weather, failed New Year's resolutions and issues with money often weighing heavily.
But Staffordshire County Council and Stoke on Trent City Council are hoping a freshly revamped www.staffordshirecares.info will have everything you need to fend off the blues, with the new site offering advice on money matters including practical debt management advice, links to debt management organisations, advice on pay-day loans, how to avoid illegal money lenders and information on the help and support available to people experiencing money worries.
County Councillor Mark Sutton, cabinet support member for public health and community safety said: “January is always a hard month as many people really start to feel the pinch from the excesses of the festive season.
"Money is always a big worry at this time, but often people don’t know where to turn to get good debt advice or help to manage their finances," he said. "Staffordshire Cares points people to the many organisations out there that can help with debt problems, and also gives them advice on how to avoid falling foul of more unscrupulous lenders.
"Hopefully, with the advice and guidance available on Staffordshire Cares, we can ensure people having a blue Monday have somewhere to turn to.”
The relaunched website, supported across the health and wellbeing sector has already helped over 100,000 across the county, and boasts more than 600 pages of information and advice to help answer everyday queries and worries about family, health, education, work and money.