Buckingham’s award-winning Citizens Advice bureau has announced it is to merge with Aylesbury’s Citizens Advice – but it will be keeping a physical presence in Buckingham.
Following recent meetings of the boards of trustees of Buckingham, Winslow & District and Aylesbury & District Citizens Advice, the boards have approved merging the two existing operations into one.
The new organisation, which will be called Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale, will amalgamate the operations of the two branches and is due to be up and running by next April.
Buckingham, Winslow & District CAB won the Queen’s Award for voluntary service in 2012, when the Princess Royal visited the Buckingham office to present the award.
Chairman Lawrence Renshell said: “I’m pleased that both trustee boards voted to create a new organisation.
“This gives the new organisation, Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale, a chance to bid for money and resources that weren’t available to us before, because of our size. I think this is a positive way forward for Citizens Advice in the Aylesbury Vale area.”
The decision was arrived at following a detailed business case analysis taken by a working group from both branches.
The main aims of the merger are to protect and enhance services to clients, both face to face and by telephone, while retaining a physical presence and capacity for face-to-face advice in both Buckingham and Aylesbury.
Aylesbury’s CAB chairman Linda Walton said: “My fellow trustees and I are passionate about sustaining this critical service that is so desperately needed in the current social and economic climate. By joining with our colleagues, we can not only give ourselves the best possible chance of doing this, but also work together to develop new services.”