Bath and North East Somerset’s
Citizen’s Advice service has appointed Leslie Redwood as its new Chief
This year the charity is
celebrating 80 years of providing free, confidential, high quality, impartial
advice to local residents throughout the city and across the region.
Leslie Redwood said, “We
operate in a time of vastly increasing need across the region and country. The
challenges for our charity around debt, housing, welfare, employment, consumer
and legal advice are ever increasing against a background of reduced ability
for the local authority to fund and support the service.
“The need is greater than ever
to tell our story in a much clearer way and to secure more partnership and
funding for the charity, for the benefit of all of the residents of B&NES.
“I call on businesses,
residents, our other partners and the local authority to dig deep and provide
whatever extra funding and support they are able to, for the benefit of the
communities of B&NES in the 80th year of our charity, and indeed for many years to
Outgoing Director Gill
Whitehead added, “It has been a privilege to work with Citizens Advice in
B&NES in a variety of roles for over 12 years. My five years as Director
have been an interesting time with many changes to the law, the benefits system
and the economic climate which have affected local people and particularly the
most vulnerable amongst them.
“As a local charity, our
partnerships with other organisations have developed to put us in a stronger
position to work together to help local residents find a way forward in
difficult times. I’m confident that Les will continue to provide great
leadership to our excellent team of staff and volunteers through the
challenging times ahead.”
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Pictured: Gillian Whitehead
and Leslie Redwood.