HELP is at hand in Grantham, and thanks to a move to the Guildhall, the town’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau has never been better equipped to lend a hand.
Grantham’s MP Nick Boles took time out from party conference season to officially unveil the new-look service which now comprises five interview rooms - with improved access for wheelchair users - and state-of-the-art systems.
Mr Boles said: “Life for many individuals and families has been made more difficult as a result of the global financial crisis.
“We are aware that working out how to claim all the benefits to which a person or family is entitled, or dealing with mounting debts can sometimes appear daunting.
“CAB has trained advisers to help the most disadvantaged to provide effectively for their families. CAB’s free, open to all service, provided by qualified, trained volunteers, is a clear example of how the Big Society works in practice.”
John Willoughby, District Manager for South Kesteven CAB covering Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings welcomed the move to new offices. He said: “We are grateful to SKDC, one of our principal funders, for providing suitable accommodation for us at a reasonable rent in a very convenient location for all our clients to access.”
Adrian Arnold, Chairman of Trustees of SKCAB, stressed that CAB as a charity relies very heavily on the commitment of its volunteers backed by a very small number of staff.
The new CAB offices at Ground Floor, Guildhall, St Peters Hill, Grantham, are open to public visitors from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
They are also open for pre-booked interviews on Wednesdays and Fridays from 09.00 to 15.00. Anybody wishing to speak to an adviser can either call in on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday for an initial 10 minute assessment interview or telephone the national adviceline on 08444 111 444.
Advice is also available at www.adviceguide.org.uk