Bureau needs more helpers

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Volunteers at Mildenhall’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB) will be joined by the High Sheriff of Suffolk tomorrow to officially celebrate moving into their new home.

The bureau moved to its new location in Forest Heath District Council’s offices in College Heath Road in October and Nicholas Wingfield Digby will be hearing how the organisation is now able to help more clients with a wider range of issues and concerns but that it also needs more volunteers.

“Our move to the Forest Heath District Council premises was prompted by the lease at our previous building coming to an end,” said Jane Ballard, district manager of Suffolk West Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

“For clients, it offers the convenience of finding a number of services together on one site, including the health centre, library, council services and JobCentre.

Chris Cadman, who chairs the Board of Trustees said: “I am delighted that numbers of clients have increased since our move, but our only restriction is in the number of volunteers we have to see them. We need more volunteers. We provide full training and I extend an invitation to anyone who would like to help other people and the community to come and talk to us.

“Our best advertisement is our volunteers, who will happily tell you all the benefits they have found. The range of information and advice we provide covers almost everything, and it is never more needed than now.”

Cllr James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council said:

“We are working with partners from the public, private as well as the charity sector, to find new innovative ways to serve those we represent

“I am sure that we will continue to work very closely with them, while sharing overheads and providing a single location to access the council, the JobCentre and now the CAB will offer significant customer convenience.”