CAB extending services at new CPIT base

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14 Jul 2015

Happily re-established in new premises on the CPIT campus, the Citizens Advice Bureau's Christchurch City branch is extending its services by offering an additional free weekly legal clinic, later in July.

The branch held an official opening at its new premises in the institute's former student health centre on the Ferry Road and Williams Street corner, last Friday July 3.

In addition to its usual services, including Free Legal Advice Thursdays 1pm-2pm, the city branch will be offering a Tuesday clinic at the same time from July 21, in partnership with Community Law Canterbury.

CAB opening 

Pictured are CAB's Christchurch Area manager Mollie Howarth, and from left, CPIT facilities manager Grant McPhail, CAB Christchurch Board Chairman Neil Lancaster and strong CAB supporter, the Canterbury, Nelson Malborough and West Coast Lions Club, represented by member Digby Prosser.

A recipient of about $18,000 in grants from a districts Lions Club earthquake initiative, the branch had responded well in a time of urgent community need over the last four years, Nelson Marlborough and West Coast Lions Club International representative Digby Prosser said. 

"The CAB was one of those community agencies that provided support after the earthquakes, and it met the criteria for funding, which was set up to help small organisations," Prosser said.

CAB's Christchurch area manager Mollie Howarth had noted that the age group demographics typically using its services had changed from the older generation to younger people, particularly students new to Christchurch in need of a steer in anything from consumer to legal advice.

Since moving onto the campus in 2011, firstly to the CPSA building, a successful partnership had evolved between the CAB and CPIT that was mutually beneficial to both, she said. The city branch was in the process of signing a two year lease on the new premises, with a yearly right of renewal.

One of three in the Christchurch area including Hornby and Fendalton, the Christchurch City branch is open Monday to Friday 9am-12pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-3pm. In addition to the free legal clinics, it also offers a Justice of the Peace Clinic on Wednesdays 12am-3pm.