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ReferenceYDSO 141
TitleWorkington Citizen's Advice Bureau
DescriptionConstitution, minutes, annual reports, action plans
Date1980-2008
Extent4 files
ContextThe Citizens Advice service originated in 1939 when some 200 bureau were formed, run by volunteers.
Workington CAB is believed to have begun in the late 1940s but records have not been retained. By the end of the century, the nature of the service had evolved with many contracts (service level agreements) for large sums of money. These then required the employment of paid specialist advisers, paid managers and support staff, but still with a core of volunteer advisers.
In 2002 the depositor, Eric Apperley, was invited to join the Management Committee of 22 members (with an executive committee of 8) and become it's chairman. There were by now 39 staff, 14 paid, 25 volunteers. The financial income for the year was £291,000.
The immediate priority was to protect the Trustees (of the charity) from the liabilities which might issue from the large sums of money involved. This was accomplished by establishing a charitable company limited by guarantee - Allerdale Citizen's Advice Bureau (later changed to Citizens Advice Allerdale) after the absorption of Keswick Bureau. The resources and responsibilities of Workington were transferred to ACAB effective from 1st April 2003 and this bureau was wound up at the AGM later that year. A new trustees board was established.
By October 2008, Eric Apperley's maximum 6 year term as Chairman (as prescribed by the Articles) was concluded and he stood down but then continued as Treasurer and meetings Secretary.
(E C Apperley, 20 Oct 2014)
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