In October 2015, Warwick District and Stratford upon Avon and District Citizens Advice Trustee Boards agreed to explore the possibility of merging the two services.
The two Trustee Boards have now agreed in principle to the creation of a joint organisation. Following this decision a joint Shadow Board has been established to co-ordinate the preparatory work which will include the appointment of a project manager to take forward the detailed work.
Yvonne Hunter (currently Chair of Stratford Trustee Board) will serve as Chair of the Shadow Board with John Daly (currently Vice Chair of Warwick Trustee Board) as Deputy Chair. The existing Trustee Boards for Warwick and Stratford will remain in place until the new organisation becomes operational.
This will not affect the day to day delivery of our advice and support services. The priority continues to be building on the high quality service which Citizens Advice provides across South Warwickshire. Recent audits have shown that both Stratford and Warwick have exceptional service delivery, staff and volunteers.
Volunteers are needed now at Stratford Citizens Advice, with a number of roles available to fit your skills, experience and interests. By joining us you would become part of our friendly team.
If you are interested please call or email Maria Veitch
Tel: 01789 200180
Or for a more detailed overview of the positions available please visit our Volunteer For Us page.
We want to ensure that people are able to get the right help at the right time, before their problems have time to escalate. Working with partners we have developed an online ‘Frontline Workers Toolkit’ to help those in public facing roles get quick access to information about the range of support available for their clients, both within Stratford District and beyond.
Our latest advice statistics are now ready to view here. The number of problems people presented to us last year rose by 19% , from 16,148 in 2013/14 to 19,223 in 2014/15 – the highest recorded to date. While levels of debt remained about the same, problems relating to welfare benefits rose by 9.5%, housing by 15.7%, employment by 18.6% and relationships by 37.5%.