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Volunteers and staff at South Essex’s Citizens Advice celebrated the national charity’s 80th year of service on Wednesday Septemmber 4 with banners, balloons and cake.
Citizens Advice South Essex covers Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rayleigh, Rochford, Thurrock and Wickford, and its advisers help people with all manner of problems – the most common being benefits, debt and housing.
The charity was formed at the onset of World War Two and originally helped people deal with the impacts of war, such as rationing, evacuation and losing their home in the blitz.
Kathy Kentish, chief executive officer of Citizens Advice South Essex, said: “We are incredibly proud to mark 80 years of providing free, independent and confidential advice.
“While the types of problems we’re asked to help with have changed considerably over the years, the fact that we’re here for anyone who needs free, impartial and independent advice has always remained a constant.”
For more information or to find out how to volunteer with Citizens Advice visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/south-essex/ or visit the local branches in the Basildon Centre, St Martin’s Square, Billericay, Thurrock, Wickford, Brentwood, Rochford and Rayleigh.