Volunteers and staff from Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale were joined by representatives from the town and district councils at the Guildhall in Abingdon on 15 October to celebrate 80 years of service to the local community.
Citizens Advice was founded on 4 September 1939, the day after World War II was declared, to help people deal with the impact of war. Volunteers gave advice on evacuation, ration books, new housing for those whose homes had been bombed, and even provided recipes using the limited ingredients available on rationing.
Eighty years on, the issues may have changed, but the core values of Citizens Advice remain the same: to provide free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone everywhere.
Last year, Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, an independent charity, helped 11,999 people resolve 20,200 problems including debt, housing, Universal Credit, benefits, family problems and consumer issues. For many people this service is a lifeline.
Jon Bright, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, said: “This service is only possible thanks to the dedication and commitment of our 160 highly trained volunteers who give up their time to help people in our community find a solution to their problems.”
The number of people seeking advice has increased by 30 per cent over the last three years and the local offices need more volunteers to keep the service running. Volunteer posts include: advisers, receptionists, administrators, IT support and fundraisers. If you are interested, contact Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale for more information on 01235 550553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Richardson, Chair of Trustees, and Liz Johnson, Manager, ,shown above, celebrate 80 years of Citizens Advice
For more information, please contact:
Catherine Whitmarsh, Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale
We will be carrying out high-visibility patrols over Halloween to deal with any incidents of anti –social behaviour.
Here’s some simple advice to help you have a fun and safe Halloween:
If at any point you do feel nervous or unsafe:
To report anti-social behaviour please call the 24 hour non-emergency number on 101. If it is a crime in progress, call 999 immediately.
If you do not want to be disturbed this Halloween, please visitwww.thamesvalley.police.uk and type Halloween in the search which will bring up the poster to download and print.
Are you interested in growing your own veg but don't have enough space in your garden? I'm currently in the process of creating a veg patch that will produce too much for our needs. If you'd like to take a few beds and plant whatever you wish, as well as share some of the workload, please let me know. There'd be no cost involved, other than providing your own seeds, tools etc. Contact Nigel on 244318 or email@example.com
We have recently received reports of burglaries in your area. Most of the burglars have managed to get into the property via the rear, through a back garden and then patio doors. Please review your garden security.
Is it easy to gain access to your garden? Have you got secure gates that can only be unlocked from inside the garden?
Have you got CCTV that covers access points to your property?
Are your sheds secure or can offenders easily remove tools that can be used to break into your property?
Please also look out for your neighbours. If you hear strange noises investigate them and if you see any suspicious vehicles or people you believe are scouting premises or looking to commit crime please report it to us by calling 999 - we need the best chance to catch these criminals.
Please download the Home Security Guide from our Website here which gives you advice on looking at your home through the eyes of a burglar and making sure doors and windows are secure. There is also advice on CCTV, property marking, distraction burglaries and digital security (social media etc).
If you would like any further advice please contact the Faringdon Neighbourhood Policing team by emailing FaringdonNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
TVP have reported recent local burglaries in Watchfield and Shrivenham involving physical break-ins and thefts of portable valuables. It is your Neighbourhood Watch Officer's impression that this type of burglary is making a come-back near us, after several years of less orchestrated crime from cars and garden sheds.
For those wishing to comment on this planning application:
Farm The Holloway Road Great Coxwell Faringdon SN7 7NG
Erection of two portal framed buildings - one for straw and one for machinery storage
You can comment in 3 ways:
1. Here - on the planning portal
2. By email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or
3. In writing to Vale of White Horse District Council, 135 Eastern Avenue, Milton Park, Milton, OX14 4SB
Any comments must be received by the deadline of MONDAY 14th OCTOBER.
On Sunday (13th October) we have our Harvest Festival at St Giles. Now that our vicar, David, has retired, the service will be taken by the Rev Max Young, one of the clergy who have agreed to cover our communion services during the time we will be without a vicar - thought to be in the region of 9 months to a year. We would welcome anyone who would like to come and help us celebrate this traditional occasion in the Church's year. Please come and join us.
Looking forward to welcoming you, Pat Cook, Churchwarden
Your local Citizens Advice is launching its annual initiative to help people in financial need who find it hard to pay their energy bills.
The project, called the Energy Advice Programme (EAP), is going live throughout Oxfordshire South and Vale from October to March 2020. It includes comprehensive steps to help people who have to spend a significant proportion of their income on fuel bills.
At an EAP appointment our advisers, depending on your particular problem, can do one or more of the following:
The Citizens Advice website www.citizensadvice.org.uk will give you more information. You can also telephone our Adviceline on 03 444 111 444 or visit a local branch of Citizens Advice during opening hours. Details of office locations are on www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale
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