2017 Annual General Meeting
This year's Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 10m in the Council Chamber, Stroud District Council, Ebley Mill, Westward Road, Stroud, GL5 4UB
After the formal business, there will be a talk on “The Mental Health Benefits of Advice”
Ashley Comley, Assistant Chief Executive of Rhondda Cynon Taff Citizens Advice Bureau, will talk about the work his team have been doing around mental health and the kinds of outcomes we could hope to achieve with the new Mental Health Debt service that we are piloting in Stroud
Members will receive their personal invitations in early September. In the meantime please put the date in your diary - everyone is welcome to join us.
You can view the Agenda, minutes of the AGM 2016, the Annual Report, the draft Annual Accounts for 2016-17.
SDC signs Council Tax Good Practice Protocol
We're delighted that today Stroud District Council signed the Refreshed Good Practice Protocol on the Collection of Council Tax Arrears.
Join us for our Summer Open Gardens at Ozleworth
This year we are delighted to be holding our Summer Open Gardens at Ozleworth Park, with kind permission of Mr and Mrs Andrew Stone.
Come and join us on Sunday 18th June from 2pm - 5.30pm to wander round these amazing gardens which are rarely open to the public.
There will also be the Nailsworth silver Band and Steel Band "Panache" to entertain, plus delicious teas, a plant stal, raffle and tomobola.
Admission is £5 and all proceeds will support our advice work in the Stroud District.
New Mental Health Money Advice Service launched
We are very excited to announce the appointment of a new Mental Health Trainee Money Advice Worker. Barbara Burford, who has 27 years experience as a mental health nurse, has joined our team in our busy Stroud office. Working 3 days a week (Wednesday - Friday), she is going through a fast-track money adviser training programme to become a fully qualified money advice worker and will then take on a caseload of people with mental health issues and money problems.
Funded by the Martin Lewis Innovation Fund, we hope that this one-year pilot project will demonstrate the invaluable role that advice services play in addressing mental health needs and that it will improve the partnership working and referral routes between Citizens Advice and the 2Gether Trust for the benefit of users of both services.
You can download more information about this project here.
Celebrating our wonderful volunteers
This week we want to thank all our volunteers for solving people’s problems and making a difference to their lives.
To mark Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), we are shining a spotlight on the remarkable contribution of its team of over120 volunteers who, together, give up around 890 hours each week to help people find a way forward.
In the last year, ca-scd has helped nearly 6,000 households with almost 16,000 problems ranging from housing and debt issues to benefits and employment rights.
Our volunteers have played a crucial role ensuring people in all parts of the Stroud and Cotswold Districts get the advice and support they need to get on with their lives.
We offer a wide range of voluntary roles - from IT support and advisers to administrators and trustees.
Callum, a recent graduate who has been volunteering with Citizens Advice during the summer holidays for the past three years whilst studying for a law degree, said: “I find volunteering alongside the group of friendly and dedicated people at Citizens Advice a fantastic experience. It’s a chance to get involved with your local community, meet people from all walks of life, and develop transferrable skills that employers love. It is an incredibly worthwhile way to develop as a person and demonstrate your sensitivity and ability, as well as being a chance to show that you are able to handle confidential information and help people who are often in distress. “
Sally Pickering, Chief Officer at ca-scd, said: “Thanks to our amazing volunteers we are able to continue making a huge difference to people’s lives. Our volunteers give up their time for free to help people who may be going through problems to get back on their feet.
“Volunteering also brings its own rewards and is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.
“We’re currently looking for someone who can spare a few hours to provide admin support to our debt advisers and also for someone who could help vulnerable clients complete their Personal Independence Payments (PIP) claim forms. We’re also looking to recruit a new Treasurer to our Trustee Board: trustees are volunteers too!”
“If you can spare a few hours each week and are interested in any of these roles, we’d love to hear from you. Just contact us using the form here.