Citizens Advice Cornwall are on the lookout for a new home in Bodmin after vacating their offices in the old police cells behind Shire Hall because of the need for major repairs.
An appointment-only service has been operating from two rooms provided by Bodmin Town Council in nearby Shire House but this temporary arrangement comes to an end in June.
Citizens Advice Cornwall logistics manager, Julia Rai, said:
“We are urgently seeking suitable office space in the Bodmin area so we can continue this vital service. We cannot provide a drop-in facility at our temporary base and we really want to reinstate this as soon as possible.
“As a charity, we have limited funds, but we have to be accessible to the public who need our help for all sorts of reasons – from debt to benefits issues and from employment to housing.”
Last year 815 people visited the Bodmin office for help with 1,771 separate issues. The top issues concerned Personal Independence Payments (PIPs), Employment Support Allowance and Housing Benefit.
Julia Rai added:
“We are ideally looking for office space with two or three rooms we can use for confidential discussions with clients and larger space for our advisers to work in.
“We would love to hear from anyone in Bodmin who can help us out and save this valuable service for the area.”
Citizens Advice Cornwall chief executive, Neil Colquhoun, said:
“We are committed to continuing our presence in Bodmin, but we really need to find new premises as soon as possible to avoid people having to travel to Liskeard or St Austell for advice.”
Anyone who has potentially suitable premises can contact Julia Rai at Julia.email@example.com or call 01579-212020.
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