The outgoing mayor of the town of Whitehill, Cllr Bisi Kennard, named Citizens Advice East Hampshire as his mayoral charity in March.
A donation of £1,000 was agreed at Whitehill Town Council’s annual meeting on May 12. This will help the Whitehill & Bordon branch of Citizens Advice East Hampshire support its local community.
Cllr Kennard said: ‘During my year as mayor it has been a priority of mine to shine a light on organizations serving our community and I had the pleasure of visiting the Citizens Advice office in April .
“The current cost of living situation is straining household budgets, particularly with soaring energy and fuel prices; it is reassuring to see a local service ready and able to provide such critical support.
“Therefore, I would like to make a donation to Citizens Advice East Hampshire to benefit the residents of Whitehill & Bordon during these difficult times.”
Helen Drake, chief executive of Citizens Advice East Hampshire, said: ‘We are delighted that the Mayor of Whitehill Town, Bisi Kennard, has made us her mayor’s charity for this year and has found time to visit our office.
“Our volunteers do a fantastic job of supporting the local community with their advice and information needs.
“We need us now more than ever as energy and food prices rise and the cost of living becomes difficult for everyone.
“Our experienced team at Whitehill & Bordon are able to help people in the area with a wide range of issues, including managing their finances, employment, debt or housing issues, as well as to help them claim all the benefits to which they are entitled.
“Please contact us for initial advice via our telephone number 0808 278 7901.”
Citizens Advice East Hampshire is currently recruiting new volunteers in a range of exciting roles as demand for Citizens Advice services increases.
Helen said: “Our recent telephone analysis shows around 100 additional calls per month since January 2022 from East Hampshire residents.
“The increases are mainly in the areas of debt, finances, employment and benefit claims. Energy advice is a major issue for us.
Anyone interested in volunteering for Citizens Advice should visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/east-hampshire/volunteer/