ADVICE on pensions, benefits and even handymen for older people was provided at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday.

That's after the town's MP, Helen Goodman, gathered 13 organisations together to offer free advice and information in a free drop-in session.

Older people and several carers braved the snow to attend the event where they were able to learn about the different services and benefits and services that they are entitled.

Talking at the event, Ms Goodman said: "We have got a really good mix of people who can help elderly people who are living at home, ranging from service groups to health groups and help with housing and independent living.

"I think it's been very useful and we have made a video too that will be put on my Facebook page for anyone who missed it because of the weather."

She added: "These events are important because people are living longer and people want to be able to live at home.

"Often you can make some small changes to your life or get some small bits of help and something that was really difficult, becomes really practical and possible."

To watch the video search for Helen Goodman, Bishop Auckland Constituency on Facebook.