Portsmouth CAB centre will support scheme to fill the gaps

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AN ADVICE centre is heading a new scheme that will help fill gaps in advice services.

The Portsmouth Citizen Advice Bureau (CAB) is leading the Portsmouth Advice Services Partnership, which has been awarded Big Lottery Funding.

The money will be used to improve efficiency and positively respond to gaps in advice services across the city.

At tomorrow’s launch, the concept of an all-new and ambitious virtual network which will bring providers of advice together to share information, ideas and learning will be introduced.

A steering group will be developed to bring key advice bodies together, along with additional volunteers from the University of Portsmouth.

Lynne Davies, chief executive of Portsmouth CAB, said: ‘Law and Accountancy students have been selected to train as volunteer generalist advisers with us over the next two academic years.

‘They will work through a rigorous training programme to achieve the CAB certificate in generalist advice work, which is a well respected qualification among employers.’