Citizens Advice Redbridge team updates public at ‘inspiring’ meeting
PUBLISHED: 10:59 24 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 24 November 2016
A charity which provides free, confidential advice on issues such as housing and debt updated residents on what it has been up to over the last year.
At its annual general meeting (AGM), Citizens Advice Redbridge invited guests including Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Gurdial Bhamra to learn more about their essential work.
Simon Parker, Redbridge Council’s corporate director of strategy and the charity’s own chief executive, Mark Kirk, both spoke at the event in Redbridge Central Library in Clements Road, Ilford.
From its origins as an emergency service during the Second World War, the charity, which is based in Broadway Chambers, Cranbrook Road, Ilford, provides advice and information services for people.
Bernard Hunter, chairman of the trustee board at Citizens Advice Redbridge, said the annual meeting was very inspiring.
He said: “I was very pleased with the turnout, especially from other Redbridge advice-giving charities and from members and officers of the council – such support affirms and encourages us, and illustrates how we are all striving for the same goals.”
“Wes Streeting MP was, as always, thoughtful and informative, and the Mayor, Cllr Bhamra, had some very useful ideas about attracting more volunteers.
Mr Kirk said the charity was going from strength to strength and building resilient links with other service providers.
He said: “This was my first AGM here at Citizens Advice Redbridge where I’ve already seen and heard the value our local authority and other funders place on the significant role our voluntary and community sector plays.
“With this necessary funding, our new service mode will ensure residents can access free, timely, independent, impartial and confidential advice that will greatly contribute to improving the health and well-being of residents, whilst building strong and resilient empowered local communities.”
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