Robin Walker celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Worcester’s Citizen Advice Bureau at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at the County Cricket Club on Friday afternoon.
The Worcester MP was in familiar territory having championed the CAB throughout his time in parliament and hosting an event in parliament for staff and volunteers earlier this year. The year before Citizens Advice named him Parliamentarian of the year 2014 for his work on the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee in pushing for better regulation of the payday loans industry and raising funds for free debt advice from a finance industry levy.
Worcester’s CAB first opened in June 1975 and has been serving the community ever since. Last year its volunteers and employees have over 22,000 pieces of advice and Citizens Advice nationally was named Times Charity of the Year. This afternoon’s Worcester Citizens Advice Bureau & WHABAC AGM celebrated the achievements of the organisation by honouring long-serving volunteers and Robin was on hand to present the awards to volunteers with over ten years’ service.
Speaking after the event, he said:
“I was delighted to have been invited to the 40th Anniversary of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Worcester, and I am honoured to have had the chance to spend time this afternoon with some true servants of our community. As an MP who spends a lot of time taking up cases for my constituents I value their contribution highly in providing high quality free and impartial advice to those that need it most.”