New CAB centre for Kimberley

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Citizens Advice Broxtowe is set to operate a drop in advice clinic every Monday morning at Kimberley Health Centre.

The sessions will start at the centre on Newdigate Street from November 2, 9am to 12 noon).

Citizens Advice Broxtowe is a registered charity and has been serving the needs of the community for more than 40 years from local offices in Beeston and Eastwood and an outreach in Stapleford.

Sally Bestwick, Chief Executive said: “We are really excited about this new venture and being able to offer this new free service to the Kimberley Community.

“The service is open to any local residents who need help and advice avoiding the need to travel to our Eastwood office.

“We will also take referrals from health care professionals.”

She said CAB has wanted to get into Kimberley for a long time as residents have to use expensive public transport or face parking costs to visit the other offices.

“We have had an outreach in Stapleford for 10 years now and it has been really successful.

We know it works and we think we will be able to replicate that in Kimberley.”

She said funding would guarantee a paid adviser at the centre for the first year.

She added; “The outreach is guaranteed for that time, so I would urge people to use it.”

The main issues people seek advice on from CAB are benefits and debt problems.

Ms Bestwick said: “We have specialist advisers but we can give advice on absolutely anything at all. The current changes in Universal Credit are just starting to affect people who are new onto benefits.

“People are finding themselves in rent arrears and are having to rely more on food banks.

“There is a whole raft of complicated changes coming gradually over the next two to three years and people will need advice.”

“Another change will be that all benefits will have to be applied for online.”

Broxtowe CAB, which has 17 staff and 65 volunteers is coming to the end of a three year Lottery grant.

Sally said: “The Citizens Advice Service would not exist without its volunteers and as we’re the UK’s largest advice charity we are always looking for people in a variety of different roles.

“Volunteers take on a range of roles from giving advice to fundraising, admin, campaigning and trusteeship.

“If you are interested in volunteering please contact us on 01773 768363.” Visit www.citizensadvicebroxtowe.org.uk.