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Help service suspends face-to-face sessions with clients

Personal meetings have been suspended by a Bognor Regis-based advice centre.

 

The Citizens Advice offices at Bognor Regis Town Hall is shut to clients as a result of the coronavirus lockdown.

 

Luca Badioli, chief executive of Arun and Chichester Citizens Advice, described it as a ‘difficult decision’ but a necessary one to limit the risk of spreading the virus.

 

As well as the walk-in service at the town hall, the face-to-face service at the outreach locations of Yapton Village Hall and Ford Open Prison have also been suspended.

 

Alternative ways of accessing the help provided by the service’s advisors are by telephone, webchat, email and post.

 

“We are also working closely with other organisations and our volunteers to provide more practical help and assistance to our local community during these difficult times,” said Mr Badioli.

 

*New premises are being sought by Bognor Regis Foodbank to enable its service to continue.

 

Its chairman of trustees, the Rev Tim Crook, said the current location in Argyle Road was proving difficult to use and adhere to social distancing.

 

“We are working hard to see if there are other premises we can use to keep the service going,” he said.

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