Greg was given the honour of officially opening the new offices of the Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre today in a ceremony attended by trustees, staff and volunteers of the community service.
The new purpose-built offices at 94 Commercial Road in Paddock Wood give the organisation - which offers free advice on a wide range of issues - a new base in the heart of the community.
Greg said: “The location of Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre’s new office could not be better – right in the heart of the community. It’s also much more accessible for those with physical disabilities. I have always been really impressed by the service they offer – free, confidential face-to-face bookable appointments and also drop-in clinics which are incredibly helpful for people facing emergencies. We are so lucky to have this fantastic organisation in Paddock Wood run by such a dedicated team of staff and volunteers.”
Manager Suzi Rich added: “I would like to thank Greg Clark MP for taking the time to officially open our new offices. Partnership working is so important for organisations like ours and the support of our MP is appreciated. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our new landlords for their generosity and support with our relocation, and all our wonderful volunteers who have done such amazing work supporting local people since we opened in 2012, and particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Clients can access the service in person by visiting their offices, or through telephone and video appointments or email advice. Outreach appointments and home visits are offered in limited circumstances and all advisers are DBS-checked. Advice and information is available about a wide range of matters, including; consumer issues, debt and money, employment, family matters (children or relationship breakdown including domestic abuse), housing and homelessness, mental health support and welfare benefits (including representation at tribunals).