A FRESH home has been found for the Valley’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau – after a deal was struck with the borough council for Bacup’s Stubbylee Hall.
Advisors will be moving from the CAB’s home in King Street to the council-owned venue from September 1, it has been announced.
Bosses say they will continue to maintain their outreach facilities in a number of locations across Rossendale, amid concerns they are sacrificing their town centre presence.
And the switch will see the local authority lend extra support to the organisation, against a backdrop of reduced grants from the borough council in recent years.
Rachel Whippy, acting CAB manager, said: “We have only got one office for the whole of the valley so what we provide is a number of outreach locations, which enables everyone to reach us.”
The clinics are hosted regularly at the Balladen Centre, in Rawtenstall, Bacup’s Maden Centre and the One Stop Shop at Futures Park, Waterfoot Health Centre and Haslingden Library.
And a CAB advisor is also present when the STAN The Van service visits even more remote locations.
“All local councils are facing cuts at the moment and this will be in lieu of some of our grant, “added Rachel.
Their new home at Stubbylee will also be on a single level, unlike King Street, and is equipped with disabled access and toilets.
A Rossendale Council spokesman said: “This new setting will provide the CAB with more office space, in an attractive environment, with better parking facilities for customers.”
Grant support is still important to the CAB and applications are currently in the pipeline with the National Lottery and United Utilities.