Citizen’s Advice service leaves home of 50 years

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STAFF at Worthing’s Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) said goodbye to the office they have worked from for 50 years last week.

The final day of operation at the North Street base was on Friday, and staff celebrated with a small party.

The new centre, to be based at Worthing town hall, will open on Monday.

It will offer the team a larger and more suitable space to host around 4,000 client meetings every year.

The current building, which also houses the Shelter team based in Worthing, as well as the CAB team for the Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service, is being reclaimed by Adur and Worthing Councils as part of their New Ways of Working initiative.

Sarah Hyde, chief executive of Central and South Sussex Citizen’s Advice Bureau, said: “The building in North Street has served us well for a long time, and we have given advice to a huge number of clients within its walls.

“However it cannot cope sufficiently with the greatly increased demand we have seen on our service.

“We are delighted that we have the opportunity to move into a new, spacious venue in a more central location, and while remaining an independent charity, we thank Adur and Worthing councils for working with us to enable this to happen.”

New volunteers are required to work in the new centre, with a particular need for new receptionists. Email volunteer@westsussexcab.org.uk

For alternative advice sources until the relocation, go to www.centralandsouthsussexcab.org.uk