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Barnsley CAB deals with half a million problems

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Tim Shepherd, Barnsley Council leader Sir Stephen Houghton and Dan Jarvis MP alongside CAB trustees, volunteers, staff and supporters from local organisations

Mayor of Barnsley Coun Tim Shepherd, Barnsley Council leader Sir Stephen Houghton and Dan Jarvis MP alongside CAB trustees, volunteers, staff and supporters from local organisations

 

Tens of thousands of people have been helped by Barnsley Citizens Advice Bureau during its 50-year history which it has just celebrated.

More than 110,000 residents have contacted the CAB for help since it was established in 1964, resulting in it dealing with about 500,000 problems.

The CAB, based on Wellington Street, celebrated its 50th anniversary in Barnsley with a civic reception hosted by Coun Tim Shepherd, Barnsley Mayor.

Pat Heath, chief executive of Barnsley CAB, said debt is the biggest problem dealt with by his staff and volunteers.

The CAB deals with about 35 new debt problems every day and in the last five years has helped people manage more than £50 million.

Mr Heath said: “As a local charity we are extremely proud of the support we have provided in Barnsley over the least 50 years.

“During that time, the bureau has played a major role in helping people get their lives back on track when they had nowhere else to go and in so doing has made a demonstrable difference to the lives of so many local people.

“We have also played a significant role in influencing social policy.

“I would like to thank our staff and volunteers who have provided such brilliant support over the years and I believe that we can make an equally important contribution in Barnsley over the next 50 years.”

Volunteers are a vital part of the bureau, and anyone able to give between eight and 10 hours a week is urged to get in touch.

“If you would like to help us meet future challenges please see our website - www.barnsleycab.org.uk - for details of how to volunteer or to make a donation to our funds or contact me at the bureau,” added Mr Heath.

 

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