Sign Our Petition to save the Bureau
The consultation survey has been sent out to local residents around the various cost-cutting proposals by Broxbourne Borough Council.
Please support us in our bid to secure the £95,000 that is being suggested we lose!
As the Council says in the survey 'The CAB provides a range of services to local residents such as debt counselling and advice on housing and the benefits they are entitled to. The Council provides a grant of £95k. Withdrawing the grant may lead to the closure of the CAB.’
There has been coverage in the local media recently about the viability of Citizens Advice Broxbourne - read here - and we would like to take this opportunity to assure you, the community we are here to help, that it is "business as usual".
We do have challenges ahead and the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive and her team, alongside the volunteers who give their time freely and with such commitment, are working together to ensure we continue to offer the level of service required to meet the needs of our clients.
Our Bureau held its AGM on the 18th October, and were fortunate enough to have Mike Dixon, Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice as our keynote speaker. Mike described eloquently the way new technology was being used in advice. Further details will be found in our next newsletter.
BIG Lottery Bid
We are delighted to announce that our partnership application to the Big Lottery, Reaching Communities pot has been successful, and we have secured specific funding to work with families where mental health and well being maybe a concern. Broxbourne Better Futures is a unique partnership with CHECKS and Herts Mind. We hope to launch the project in the new year. Despite reports in the press, the project does not save the bureau. The bureau’s share of the funding will be just under £60,000 per year for the next three years.
With the added stresses of the benefit cap and further changes in welfare reform on the horizon, we anticipate more families be affected by someone in the household being either stressed, depressed, suffering from anxiety or acute psychotic disorders. For such households getting timely advice could literally save lives.
Opportunities to Join Us
Looking for a new role that is challenging, exciting and rewarding then we might be able to help ....
And we would not be able to provide the service we do if it wasn't for the great team of volunteers to work with us.
If you are interested in joining please go to our volunteer section on the website.