Celebrating the launch of the Brighton & Hove Community Banking Partnership new advice hub
Today saw the official launch of the new combined advice hub in Hove Town Hall for Citizens Advice, East Sussex Credit Union and Money Advice Plus.
The celebration was attended by many involved in the creation of the new co-location that is unique in the country, as it gives the three agencies the opportunity for residents needs to be assessed in the shared reception area, and for them to be directed to the agency that can best help them.
The launch was attended by many involved in realising the project as well as many volunteers, on whose help each of these agencies rely on throughout the year. Speeches were given by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Pete West, Cllr Claire Moonan, whose ward the new hub is situated in, Karen Johnston from Citizens Advice, Peter Hilditch from Money Advice Plus and Richard Priestman from East Sussex Credit Union.
The Mayor welcomed everyone and spoke about his support for this new hub
˜Opening this new hub is a major milestone in this project that has demonstrated, I think, the very best in people, and the benefits of collaboration. I can see what a huge undertaking this has all been and what a wonderful achievement that is benefitting some of the most vulnerable people in our city, who are struggling under the pressures of today.
Cllr Claire Moonan said
˜I recently suggested a resident came here and it was great to point them to the co-location and I had some feedback that they found it fantastic! ...I think this service is needed more than ever!
The Mayor and Connie Free, who runs the reception of the hub, cut the ribbon and a celebration cake was cut with the CEOs of all the agencies Imogen Forbes from Citizens Advice, Ann Hickey of East Sussex Credit Union and Jackie Grigg, from Money Advice Plus.
Residents can access the offices of Citizens Advice, East Sussex Credit Union and Money Advice Plus in Hove Town Hall from Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm .
Citizens Advice Brighton & Hive Tel: 01273 223951 www.citizensadvice.org.uk
East Sussex Credit Union - Tel: 0300 303 3188 www.eastsussexcu.org.uk
Money Advice Plus - Tel: 01273 664 000 www.moneyadviceplus.org.uk
Tisbury Road Offices, Hove Town Hall, Tisbury Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ