Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, demonstrated his strong support for Basildon Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) last week at the annual general meeting.
After playing team captain in an ice breaking quiz, Mr Metcalfe gave a short speech in which he expressed his gratitude for all that the CAB does for local people and where he thanked volunteers and staff for their ongoing dedication to serving the community.
In particular, the AGM celebrated the contribution of Stella Calkin who has been volunteering for CAB for 50 years. In his speech, the local MP said she was an inspiration and an example to us all.
The Basildon CAB is one a network of centres nationwide providing invaluable free, independent, confidential, and impartial advice to anyone who asks for it. They deal with an array of issues from debt problems to unemployment, housing problems to help with legal cases. Last year alone, 2.1 million people were helped with 6.6 million problems.
Of the 28,5000 people working in CABs only 6,500 are paid. The remaining 22,000 are volunteers, contributing over £109 million to the economy.
Mr Metcalfe commented: “CABs provide a vital service to people up and down the country and I am extremely grateful for their serving the people of South Basildon and East Thurrock.”
“The Government does not have unlimited funds and this is where CABs services become so important. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who work in Basildon CAB whether paid or unpaid as I know there are so many constituents who will have benefited from their advice and advocacy.”
He added: “In particular, I would once again like to pay tribute to Stella Calkin for her volunteering half century! Few people reach such a milestone serving the community and I hope others will be inspired by her dedication.”
For information on how to contact CAB, please see: http://www.bascab.org.uk/