Charity looking forward to seeing clients at new home

The Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham, will be Citizens Advice's new home from Monday
The Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham, will be Citizens Advice's new home from Monday

STAFF and volunteers at Citizens Advice Shoreham are on the move to their brand-new premesis.

They shut the doors at their temporary home at the Adur Civic Centre, in Ham Road, Shoreham, for the lat time yesterday.

On Monday, the service will reopen at its brand-new, purpose-built home at the redeveloped Shoreham Centre, in Pond Road, Shoreham – a stone’s throw from where the charity used to be based.

Pond Road was the charity’s home for 33 years, until December, 2013, when it was moved out as part of the long-term plan by Adur District Council to redevelop the Shoreham Centre.

Julie Martin, service director of Citizens Advice Central and South Sussex, which Citizens Advice Shoreham falls under, said: “Citizens Advice services across West Sussex are more needed than ever, with welfare changes continuing to have an effect on the lives of local people.

“Universal Credit will bring its own challenges, and we continue to give advice to ill and disabled clients who are struggling due to the confusion around the Employment Support Allowance benefit.

“Debt is a mounting problem among local people, and can affect housing as well as having very negative effects on health and wellbeing.

“As such, we are delighted to welcome clients to such a modern new centre in Shoreham. It can take a lot of courage for clients to make the first step to seek out our services, and we hope that by offering them such a comfortable, pleasant environment, we can encourage them to talk to us before they reach crisis point.

“We’re also very pleased that our highly valued volunteers and staff have such modern facilities and premises to work from.

“While remaining an independent charity, we thank Adur District Council for their generosity and flexibility, which has enabled the move to happen.”

The Citizens Advice Shoreham team can offer advice on welfare benefits, debt, housing and more.

It will open in Pond Road – a few minutes walk from the town centre and railway station – at 11am on Monday, and will be open from 10.30am to 4pm for the rest of the week. Normal opening hours, of 9.30am to 4pm, will resume on Monday, February 8. The new centre is fully wheelchair accessible.

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