New advice centre for Roehampton residents

Published: Friday 23rd November 18

Citizens Advice Wandsworth, in partnership with the University of Roehampton, has officially opened its new Roehampton Advice Centre.

Polly Toynbee speaking at the official opening event.

An opening ceremony was held on Wednesday evening (November 21), at the Picasso Building, Mount Clare, in Roehampton. Guests included Polly Toynbee, journalist and social commentator, and the council's adult social care spokesman Cllr Paul Ellis.   

The Roehampton Advice Centre will allow Citizens Advice Wandworth (CAW) to continue to provide information and advice services to Roehampton residents. Located on the edge of the Alton Estate, in a building which is part of the University, the new centre will enable CAW to offer local residents information and advice, such as social welfare legal guidance, from locally-based affordable facilities.

By joining forces with the University of Roehampton, and in particular its Law School, CAW is able to continue to provide its much needed services in the heart of Roehampton. The new facilities will offer a secure and comfortable environment for clients, employees and volunteers. In the future, the university’s law students will also benefit from the opportunity to contribute to service provision, giving them valuable practice based learning experience whilst meeting local demand for advice. The university and CAW welcome opportunities for ongoing collaboration and to increase local impact facilitated by their partnership.

The Roehampton Advice Centre is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, providing a mixture of advice appointments, information and signposting. On other days the Centre will offer appointment-only services with specialist advisers. Over the next 12 months it is anticipated 1800 residents will get help and advice in the new Centre.

Wandsworth Council finance spokesman Cllr Guy Senior said:  “The council is proud of our long association with, and financial support for, the Wandsworth Citizens Advice Service. It’s important to us that our residents get the free advice they need, where and when they need it, so we are delighted that this new facility is now available in Roehampton.”

Professor Paul O’Prey, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, explained: “Our partnership with Citizens Advice Wandsworth will allow us to both offer our law students the practical and on-the-job experience needed to flourish in their future career, and also help local residents with much needed advisory and support services. I am confident the new Roehampton Advice Centre will become a place of great value to our students and Roehampton residents alike.”

Citizens Advice Wandsworth Chief Executive Mary-Ann Foxwell said: “I am delighted that thanks to the support of the University of Roehampton we have been able to retain a Roehampton Advice Centre. We know how much local residents value our advice and support, and how important it is that we are accessible. Roehampton is an area of high need that lacks infrastructure, its poor transport links mean it is also isolated – for these reasons we were determined to keep a Roehampton Advice Centre, and are grateful that the University shared this goal. We look forward to working with the University of Roehampton to meet local advice need, whilst at the same time working with the law students to help prepare them for their future careers.”

The Roehampton Advice Centre dedicated facilities are located at The Picasso Building, Mount Clare, Minstead Gardens, Roehampton, SW15 4EE. For further information and details of opening times, please visit http://www.cawandsworth.org/ or contact 0203 559 2002

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