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Has Citizens Advice Helped You? Help us Celebrate 80 Years

Citizens Advice is celebrating 80 years of invaluable help to the community this year.

To help us mark this milestone, we want to hear people’s memories and experiences of visiting us and from any former staff or volunteers.

The Citizens Advice service started on the eve of the Second World War, when Government realised there would be a need for free, accurate, impartial information about what help was available and how to access it in their local communities.

Early issues included help to trace missing relatives in action, how to pay bills – normally done by husbands who were now away at war – how the rationing system worked and how to apply for housing after homes had been bombed.

Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said:

“We’re still providing free, independent advice on a huge range of issues 80 years later from offices across the county, staffed by dedicated and highly trained staff and volunteers.

“We’d like to hear from anyone who received help from us in the past and from staff or volunteers who worked with us so we can produce a display to tell our story.”

Anyone with memories, old documents or photographs relating to Citizens Advice in Cornwall can contact Communications Officer Wailim Wong at wailim.wong@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk

Citizens Advice Cornwall was established in 2013 following the merger of district based Citizens Advice across the county.

Further details of Citizens Advice 80th anniversary events in Cornwall will be announced later this year.