Citizens Advice Cornwall is planning to expand its service in North Cornwall to cope with increasing demand in the area. This is great news for Bude. Citizens Advice used to operate a well-staffed service at Neetside but gradually funding was cut as the service whittled away. If anyone can help, then please do get in touch because this is a service badly needed in Bude.
The announcement follows a successful volunteer recruitment drive in Bude, which currently has a limited appointments service in the town.
Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin said:
“We are aware there is a strong demand for advice on debts, benefits, housing and employment issues in North Cornwall. At the moment, people have to either use our limited service or face a long journey to Citizens Advice offices in Liskeard, Bodmin or Bideford.
“We are now looking at suitable office accommodation and funding for a full service in Bude and the surrounding rural area.
“As a charity, we rely on funding from donors and members of the public. We need money to pay for an advice supervisor, IT and office equipment so the people of Bude can benefit from the same free, independent and impartial advice available in other parts of Cornwall.”
The Citizens Advice service provides information and help on a wide range of subjects for everyone in the community free-of-charge. Last year the charity helped people in Cornwall write-off £5.5 million in debt.
Gill Pipkin said:
“We are keen to hear from anyone who can help us establish a full service in Bude, including local organisations and individuals. Our advisers provide a lifeline for many people and we need to make sure this is easily available to everyone who needs it.”
Anyone who may be able to help Citizens Advice expand in North Cornwall can contact Gill Pipkin at firstname.lastname@example.org