A grant of £7,000 has been welcomed by Citizens Advice West Berkshire

Advice for Carers from the CABThe Citizens Advice West Berkshire (CAWB) carers’ team has had a great boost to its target of £41,098 thanks to a £7,000 grant from Greenham Common Trust.

The team provides ongoing support to people with disabilities, long term health conditions and their carers. It helps clients get the right access to welfare benefits and services to which they are entitled.

Often, clients are unaware of the financial support and other services that are available to them.

Over the years the team has built up a great deal of expertise in these often complex areas and their clients are immensely grateful for the potentially life-changing help they receive.

Jan Rothwell, CAWB Chief Executive, said: “We are enormously grateful to Greenham Common Trust for the £7,000 grant to help to fund our carers team.

“The grant will help to cover the salaries and office costs of our part time team of expert caseworkers, and volunteers.

“This provides effective support to more than 1,000 people with disabilities, long term health conditions and their carers each year. This year the team had the AQS quality mark for their work confirmed for a further three years.”

This team is also partly funded by West Berkshire Council Adult Social Care which provides a grant of £20,414 towards the total cost of the service of £41,512. The grant is needed to cover some of the balance of the cost.

Chris Boulton, Chief Executive of Greenham Common Trust said: “This is an important service and we were delighted to be able to help out in this way. They support thousands of people with the right advice and access to other services which are life-changing.”

During last year, the team helped clients to gain £250,000 in additional income. They have also helped clients to successfully challenge decisions that would have removed their entitlement to mobility vehicles which, in this largely rural area, are essential to help the less mobile.

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