On Wednesday 4 March, Mayor of Alcester Cllr Yvonne Hine formally welcomed the Stratford-upon-Avon Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) to the town at a special event held at the Jubilee Centre.
The event was organised to launch an innovative new service for Alcester, Henley in Arden and Studley called “Reach Out and Help”. The programme is designed to identify people who are not getting the help they need and as a result have an escalating number of issues that are having a detrimental impact on their lives. Specially trained advisers will be on hand to offer help and guidance either at one of CAB’s offices or in people’s own homes.
The project, which has already been successfully running in Stratford town, has been funded by Orbit Heart of England’s Community Investment Fund, Stratford District Council and Warwickshire County Council to allow the CAB to increase their range of services provided across the district.
Alongside the support which will be provided at home, the CAB’s specialist advisers will be running drop in sessions for the local community where residents can pop in and ask for advice about any issues they are concerned about. The links that the CAB has with other specialist support agencies means that on-going help can be provided for anyone with longer term needs.
Sue Green, Bureau Manager at the CAB said “We are really pleased to be able to expand this already successful project into the wider District. We know there are many people in our communities that aren’t getting the support they need, either because they feel no one can help them or they simply don’t know that help is available. This project will help to resolve this by taking our advice services right to people’s doorsteps and working more closely with other support organisations to get help to the people who need it.”
Maurice Howse says: “The district council remains committed to those more vulnerable members of the community who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Supporting the extension of the ‘Reach Out and Help’ initiative with partners including Orbit Heart of England and the County Council is a key step in this work”
Simon Lieberman, Community Investment Manager from Orbit Heart of England said “Orbit is committed to investing in our communities, with the aim of supporting our customers to make positive changes in their lives. This project is a great initiative which will help local people get the advice or support they need in the comfort of their own home.”
Anyone who feels they would benefit from this service or who wants to know more should contact the Reach Out and Help team on 01789 297492.