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Successful bid to the Big Lottery Fund for Staffordshire Moorlands advice agencies.

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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CHEADLE Citizens Advice Bureau, Leek Citizens Advice Bureau, Support Staffordshire and Your Housing and Age UK (North Staffs), have been successful in receiving funds from the Big Lottery through the Advice Services Transition Fund.

The funding has enabled the advice agencies to form the Staffordshire Moorlands Advice Partnership.

The main objectives of the partnership are to improve client experience and help those in greatest need by offering a more streamlined service, focusing resources, removing duplication and improving the quality of advice.

Project Co-ordinator and Training Officer, Thérèse Davall, said: "There is currently a high demand for advice services in the area and this is likely to increase due to the Welfare Reform.

"The funds we have received will enable us to recruit and train more volunteers, develop a co-ordinated training programme for staff and volunteers and also provide training to local community groups.

"We have been able to recruit two advice workers, Angela Gibbon who will be based at Age UK North Staffs in Leek, working with residents over the age of 50 and Janine Cresswell who is currently based at Cheadle Citizens Advice Bureau.

"We are currently exploring ways in which Janine can provide advice to the younger residents and so would welcome discussions with schools, colleges and other youth centres to see how we might be able to work together.

"One of the first things we did was to look at the opening times of our drop in advice sessions.

"We identified some duplication and gaps so Age UK changed their opening times to when Leek CAB were closed, this means residents are now able to access drop in advice five days a week.

"A good example of how working in partnership can benefit the local community."

Staffordshire Moorlands Advice Partnership are looking at ways they can work collaboratively with other agencies and will be giving a short launch presentation on Tuesday, February 211, at 11am at Support Staffordshire, High Street, Leek.

If anybody is interested in attending or wish to find out more they can contact Thérèse Davall on 01538 752381 or email astf@cheadlecab.cabnet.org.uk for further details.

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