Citizens Advice Bureau returns to help villagers

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DENMEAD is to get a Citizen’s Advice Bureau for the first time in three years.

With the number of people struggling financially going up, and the knock-on effect that has on family life, there is now more need than ever before for the service.

Denmead Parish Council chairman Neil Lander-Brinkley has been fighting to get the service reintroduced and now Winchester City Council has agreed to fund an advice centre which will open every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm.

Hampshire County Councillor Patricia Stallard also donated cash from her annual allocation.

Adviser Sandra Silverwood will be able to give general advice on any subject – from money advice and debt, welfare benefits, housing, employment, relationship, legal and immigration.

Jenny Meadows, chief executive of Winchester CAB, said: ‘We are delighted to provide an outreach at Denmead.

‘Denmead is one of the biggest populated areas within the Winchester City Council area and this outreach will allow them to access a CAB service locally to them.’

Councillor Lander-Brinkley said: ‘We have worked with Patricia Stallard for many months to get this service re-established in Denmead and it is a great relief to know this outreach is once again available to Denmead residents.

‘We had an outreach service supplied by Havant CAB until about three years ago when funding for it fell through. They then concentrated on a telephone service instead.

‘We’ve always pressed for a local outreach in the village because the parish council feel that face-to-face contact is the best way for people in difficulties to seek help.’

The CAB will be based at Denmead Community Centre, in School Lane. The parish council will contribute around £2,000 a year.

The CAB helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing information and advice, and by influencing policy makers.

Advice is given free and is independent, confidential, impartial, and available to everyone.

Most CAB staff are trained volunteers, working at over 3,500 service outlets across England and Wales.

To find out more about the CAB service in your area go to adviceguide.org.uk or call 08444 111 444.

To find out more about the Denmead CAB go to winchesterdistrictcab.org.uk or call the central office on 01962 848000.