Southend Citizens Advice Bureau make it to awards final

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SOUTHEND Citizens Advice Bureau have been commended for their outstanding work raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks as regional winners of a Stop Loan Sharks award.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team elected Southend Citizens Advice BureauastheEastofEngland winner, for their continued support with awareness raising events which highlight the impact of this crime and encourage victims to come forward.

In March an event was held on Southend High Street in the Education Bus, which is operated by Thurrock Adult and Community College, for members of the public to drop in to seek advice on a range of issues, including how to avoid and report loan sharks. Southend-on-Sea Borough Council’s Trading Standards officers and Southend Association of Voluntary Services were also on board to offer information.

This event was tied in with the England Illegal Money Lending Team’s Your Choice scheme where local people are encouraged to vote for community projects they would like to see funded with proceeds of money taken from convicted loan sharks.

Southend Citizens Advice Bureau was successful in this scheme and received funding to pay for window stickers bearing the hotline number for reporting loan sharks.

The England Illegal Money Lending Team are hosting the second annual Stop Loan Sharks awards to commend those who have a made a real difference in communities by highlighting this crime.

Southend Citizens Advice Bureau is now in with a chance of becoming the national winner and receiving £1,000, following an online public vote.

Trish Carpenter, Bureau Manager at Southend Citizens Advice Bureau said: “We are delighted to have won the regional award and look forward to the outcome of the online vote.”

To show your support for Southend Citizens Advice Bureau vote online at www.surveymonkey.com/7 DF9VRG before Friday, 30 August. The national winner will be announced in September.

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