Mayor officially opens new home for CAB
Published: 15 March 2016
The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Nicola Nardelli, has cut the ribbon on Citizens Advice Wandsworth’s new purpose-built centre within Battersea Library.
The new centre will be easy to find in a well-known local place, and will be larger and more welcoming. Over the last year the charity has helped around 9200 people – a 15 per cent increase on the previous year. Since opening hours were increased in January the service has assisted 25 per cent more local people.
As well as the new centre, advice services covering welfare benefits, housing, debt, employment and other matters are now available in foodbanks, major trauma wards and the cancer centres at St George’s Hospital, via GPs, at Citizens Advice centres in Battersea, Roehampton and Tooting and by telephone.
Opening the premises, the Mayor said:
“The Council is proud of its long association with and support for our local Citizens Advice Service. I have great pleasure in opening these new premises here at Battersea Library. We have worked with libraries operator GLL and Citizens Advice Wandsworth to make this happen and help to improve access to much needed advice services for local people.”
Sir David Varney, Chair of Citizens Advice, was also at the launch. He said:
“The opening of this Citizens Advice Wandsworth service in Battersea Library is a shining example of what can be achieved when local Citizens Advice work with partners in their area, to ensure local residents have easy access to the help they need.”
Citizens Advice Wandsworth Chief Executive Phil Jew said:
“Everyone is one step away from needing our services; a serious injury, illness, depressive episode or consumer problem can affect anyone of us. Our clients often refer to the help they receive as priceless, life changing or invaluable. We know from Treasury approved studies that every £1 of funding we receive generates £7 of benefits for individuals. We are grateful for the on-going support of Wandsworth Council and our other funders and commissioners and all those who have helped us to make this move happen.”
Find out more about Citizens Advice Wandsworth services and opening hours at http://www.wandsworthcabx.org.uk/
Citizens Advice Wandsworth is partly funded by the council and the new arrangement is expected to strengthen joint working between the two public services.