One new Citizens Advice Bureau for south Lincolshire

Citizens Advice Bureau South Holland' advisors (back) Gordon Gooding, Suzy Pickering, Anthony Atkinson, Linda Huff, (front) Lesley Eldridge, Christine Gratton, Sue Holdsworth and chief officer Lisa Barwell.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Citizens Advice Bureau South Holland' advisors (back) Gordon Gooding, Suzy Pickering, Anthony Atkinson, Linda Huff, (front) Lesley Eldridge, Christine Gratton, Sue Holdsworth and chief officer Lisa Barwell. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Two Citizens Advice groups have merged to form one organisation to cover South Lincolnshire

Following a year when the South Kesteven and South Holland Citizens Advice services shared a chief officer and a chair, both trustee boards have now agreed to formally merge, under the new name of Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire.

This merger allows the new organisation to maintain the face-to-face service from both volunteers and specialist advisors in all our current locations.

Lisa Barwell, chief officer, Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire

Covering a wide area, full advice services will be maintained locally at the current office in Spalding, Grantham and Stamford, with a number of outreach services covering Bourne, Market Deeping, Deeping St James, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Stamford Hospital, St Mary’s GP surgery Stamford, and the Curlew Centre at Sutton Bridge.

CAB say the advantages of a merger for the client will be a structure across the whole of south Lincolnshire, allowing them to access services through the route of their choice, whether that is face to face, online, or on the phone, while the wider pool of support caseworkers will be able to maintain specialist services.

The new organisation will be able to streamline accounting, training and HR services, share good practise, and report into one merged board.

The ability to bid for new funding will also be transformed by the formation of a larger organisation, something which will become even more important in the future.

The two organisations have recently been successful in winning a joint Big Lottery funding award of £250,000 to provide a new advice service for migrant workers.

“I am very pleased this decision has been taken,” said Lisa Barwell, chief officer.

“It allows the new organisation to maintain the face-to-face service from both volunteers and specialist advisors in all our current locations. “We can also make plans to develop enhanced services for the future through working more efficiently with modern technology and developing new partnerships.”

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