Sharing the Burden
In 1992 members of Glenwood Church became aware of an increasing number of people in East Cardiff who were becoming trapped in financial hardship and debt. Recognising that in order to escape from this debilitating cycle people often need specialist help and advice, they launched a free legal advice and representation service - The Speakeasy Advice Centre.
Over the last 24 years we have helped thousands of individuals and families to deal with their debt issues, as well as expanding our work into the areas of welfare benefits, fuel poverty and housing.
Our Christian values remain at the heart of what we do and how we serve the community. We believe that God wants to bring hope to the impoverished and oppressed. We strive to do this with compassion, patience and a constant desire to seek justice for those who struggle to represent themselves and their families. We are open to all who need our help.
In 2010 we moved from our office on Arabella Street to our existing premises on Richmond Road and in 2016 we re-branded as 'The Speakeasy'.
We advise and assist over 2,000 people each year. Last year, for every £1 of funding we received, we secured £7.62 of financial benefit for our beneficiaries leading to reduced anxiety, improved physical and mental health and reduced likelihood of future problems.
Our vision is to see people in Cardiff lift themselves out of poverty. We aim to ensure that people:
are relieved from the crippling anxiety of debt, taking an active part in their community
can afford to feed themselves and their families properly
live in good quality housing, safe from the threat of eviction and homelessness
can keep their homes warm and afford to pay their bills
are given a chance to gain experience and enhance their employment opportunities by volunteering with us
At Speakeasy we believe everyone deserves access to expert, impartial advice. We work hard to secure sustainable funding sources which mean you don't pay for our services. Ever.
We only employ expert advisers, including qualified solicitors, to provide specialist legal advice, assistance and representation. We specialise in debt, welfare benefits, housing and fuel debt advice. We have delivered high quality advice in the Cardiff area for almost 25 years, helping thousands of families and individuals to seek justice.
We know that good advice can be hard to find, so we offer a range of services from locations across the city in addition to our main office in Roath.
There's no waiting list for appointments. Instead we offer weekly drop-in sessions at a range of locations so that you can get help quickly. All our advice is completely free of charge, impartial and confidential.