Barbara was invited to cut the ribbon at an official ceremony held to mark the relocation of Walkden Citizens Advice Bureau to its new home at Walkden Gateway centre.
The move means that Walkden Citizens Advice Bureau will now operate an advice service from Walkden Gateway on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, sharing the premises with other local community services.
The Citizens Advice Bureau has been operating in Walkden since 1939 and was one of the first Advice Bureaux to be established. The Advice Bureau offers free, confidential information and advice to help people with welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment and other problems.
Barbara has been an active campaigner for Walkden Citizens Advice Bureau locally and took part in the City of Manchester 10k run last year to raise money to support the local charity.
“Walkden Citizens Advice Bureau offers a service which is relied upon by many people from Walkden, Little Hulton and the surrounding areas. It offers advice and support on a range of issues– particularly on debt and legal issues. These services are vital to the local community and can be a lifeline to people in the current economic climate. Our CAB has a distinguished record of 73 years service to the local community and it is important that it has full support to continue here.
“I was delighted to be able to open the new offices at Walkden Gateway. The new location for CAB is in the heart of the town centre and this should make it easier for local people to access the help and support they need in the modern setting of the Gateway building.”
From left to right of picture, Gareth Hughes, Elaine Kenny, Tom Togher and Barbara.