CAB to move into Bacup hall after deal done

Stubbylee Park, home to Stubbylee Hall, where advisors will move to from September

Stubbylee Park, home to Stubbylee Hall, where advisors will move to from September

First published in North West The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

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.

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2:34pm Sat 23 Aug 14

pdb951 says...

Can we have some presence in Whitworth or do we not exist?
Can we have some presence in Whitworth or do we not exist? pdb951
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2:52pm Thu 4 Sep 14

GHH says...

Pity it's not on a regular bus route.
With respect, those who will require CAB services will likely rely on public transport.
Maybe comparison figures for attendance figures after they move will be available ?
How will folk get there in bad weather - the council are hardly going to grit the whole Stubbylee route & grounds just for the CAB. They wont grit town centres!
I am sure there are better, more central, bases for this valuable service.
Pity it's not on a regular bus route. With respect, those who will require CAB services will likely rely on public transport. Maybe comparison figures for attendance figures after they move will be available ? How will folk get there in bad weather - the council are hardly going to grit the whole Stubbylee route & grounds just for the CAB. They wont grit town centres! I am sure there are better, more central, bases for this valuable service. GHH
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4:38pm Mon 8 Sep 14

RachWhip says...

In response to the comments above.

We used to do an outreach at Whitworth, but unfortunately no longer receive funding to enable us to continue with this. We do now have a CAB worker on STAN the Van at every location, which does include Whitworth. If we were successful in obtaining funding in the future, we will look at increasing the number of outreach locations we provide and Whitworth would be considered.

We understand the concerns in respect of the new premises not being on a regular bus route, although it is a couple of minutes’ walk from the main road and for people in cars, it is more convenient as there is increased parking space, which was always an issue at Bacup as many people do travel by car, particularly disabled people. In response to this, we have increased the number of outreach locations for appointments to include the One Stop Shop at Futures Park in Bacup and also the Maden Centre in Bacup. However, we would not expect people to drop in at the Stubbylee office, but to contact us by phone where we can assess the problem and give advice or make a face to face appointment at a convenient location.

We have been informed by the council that the roads and pathways at Stubbylee Park are cleared in bad weather, as the Parks staff, who also work from Stubbylee, are on hand to do this.

The move to Stubbylee was as a result of cuts to funding, which many charities and voluntary agencies are experiencing. By moving into council premises, we are avoiding having to make cuts to our services.

If you have further concerns or want further information about how to volunteer for the CAB, please visit our website www.rossendalecab.or
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Rachel Whippy
Acting Manager
In response to the comments above. We used to do an outreach at Whitworth, but unfortunately no longer receive funding to enable us to continue with this. We do now have a CAB worker on STAN the Van at every location, which does include Whitworth. If we were successful in obtaining funding in the future, we will look at increasing the number of outreach locations we provide and Whitworth would be considered. We understand the concerns in respect of the new premises not being on a regular bus route, although it is a couple of minutes’ walk from the main road and for people in cars, it is more convenient as there is increased parking space, which was always an issue at Bacup as many people do travel by car, particularly disabled people. In response to this, we have increased the number of outreach locations for appointments to include the One Stop Shop at Futures Park in Bacup and also the Maden Centre in Bacup. However, we would not expect people to drop in at the Stubbylee office, but to contact us by phone where we can assess the problem and give advice or make a face to face appointment at a convenient location. We have been informed by the council that the roads and pathways at Stubbylee Park are cleared in bad weather, as the Parks staff, who also work from Stubbylee, are on hand to do this. The move to Stubbylee was as a result of cuts to funding, which many charities and voluntary agencies are experiencing. By moving into council premises, we are avoiding having to make cuts to our services. If you have further concerns or want further information about how to volunteer for the CAB, please visit our website www.rossendalecab.or g.uk Rachel Whippy Acting Manager RachWhip
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