New CAB offices in memory of volunteer
Sudbury mayor Sue Ayres officially opened Sudbury and District Citizens Advices new home at Keyse House, Acton Lane, Sudbury on Monday.
The new office has been named in honour of one of the organisation’s long serving former volunteers.
The late Margarette Keyse was very well known in the local area for her work, both with the church and local schools.
Mrs Keyse died in 2013 and left a bequest to Citizens Advice. The money has been used to provide a comfortable environment for volunteers to work in.
Her son Stephen Keyse said: “My mother would have been very greatly surprised and tremendously honoured by this decision.”
Chief officer, Colleen Sweeney, said: “By naming our new premises Keyse House we are honouring not just the memory of the valuable contribution that Margaret made, but also the contribution made by all our volunteers, past and present.”
A recent recruitment drive saw another 11 people from a diverse range of backgrounds begin their training to fill various voluntary roles, joining the current 43 volunteers.
Mrs Sweeney added: “It is difficult to put a true value of the contribution made to our advice services by our volunteers. Quite honestly, we couldn’t offer our wide ranging free advice to local people without them.”
Sudbury Citizens Advice’s current longest serving volunteer John Duck said: “I began volunteering when I retired 19 years ago, I did try to retire at age 70 but was asked to stay on and did so filling more suitable roles.
“I am now 80 years old and still spend one morning each week helping out. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Citizens Advice, I always enjoyed the client contact and in later years the social contact with the team I work with. ”
The move to new premises means Citizens Advice has the space and capacity to recruit more volunteers.
Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund there is improved telephone and internet access, as well as a new Information Centre for people to find information they need for themselves including use of a dedicated computer to do so.