RELATIONSHIP break-ups and money problems are traditionally two challenges facing families in January but help is on hand in Halesowen.

Residents experiencing problems can pop into the Hope Centre for free advice and guidance through a service offered by Dudley Council.

The sessions at the Hope Centre, Andrew Road, on Wednesdays from 10am until 12 noon have been so successful the service has been extended across Dudley borough.

Councillor Steve Waltho, cabinet member for housing, said: “As a community council Dudley Council wants to ensure that people and advice are easily assessable for people when they really need it.

"The service is available to anyone who lives within the borough and there is no need to make an appointment so people can drop in when it is convenient to do so."

He added: “These sessions allow people to just drop in and have a chat with people who can help in an informal setting."

The housing support drop-in service is available to anyone who needs assistance to maintain their independence and have been running since 2009.

To confirm a session is taking place we recommend residents call Dudley Council on 01384 81250.

Help and advice is available for subjects including budgeting, claiming welfare benefits, advocacy, personal safety and risk, physical health, hygiene and emotional well-being.