( Interlocks with another new thread : Charities disappearing from poorer areas : https://www.carersuk.org/forum/support-and-advice/all-about-caring/grass-roots-organisations-stepping-into-the-void-as-established-charities-move-out-39562 )
How often do those three letters appear in answers to initial postings on the forum ?
Literally , hundreds of times … and very justified … the one safe harbour for a ocean full of problems.
Problem now is twofold.
Both as a direct result of " Austerity " … LA cutbacks in funding.
Many offices now closed .
Those than remain open … opening hours cutback , waiting times getting longer.
Volunteers are stepping into the void … here in Worksop a prime example.
Some food banks now have resident volunteers as well … some , like me , available by email … if the CAB on your manor has closed ,
worth checking with your local food bank ?
( My local Weatherspoons , The Liquorice Gardens , two volunteers normally parked in one corner with their laptops. )
Internet search … CAB CLOSURES / CUTBACKS … very revealing , almost like a plague that has infected most manors :
cab closures / cutbacks - Google Search
As I type , an uneasy lull … soon to be shattered once that UC steamroller starts up again to complete it’s tour of the UK.
Be slightly cautious when recommending the CAB locally to some posters.
For many , their local CAB maybe 30+ miles away , and now open for less than 10 hours per week.
Many do not have a car at their disposal … for them , public transport … and all the problems that implies.
Always bear in mind that what may be available on your manor does not necessary mean it’s available on another.
We call that … THE POST CODE LOTTERY … and , like the lottery , there is always more losers than winners !!!