Mel Stride

    TEIGNBRIDGE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU’s plans to provide house-bound clients with help through a home advice visitor have been backed by one of the district’s two Members of Parliament. Central Devon MP Mel Stride met with the branch’s Chairman Andrew Wilson and the Chief Officer Vincent Willson recently. He was also updated on how the branch is providing non-clinical advice from Buckfastleigh Medical Centre and their imminent plans to open a similar facility at Moretonhampstead Health Centre. Speaking after their meeting Mr Stride said:

    “Teignbridge CAB does extraordinary work helping some of the most vulnerable in society. They are right to recognise that some people in need of help will not be able to travel and so establishing a home advice visitor is an excellent move. I also fully support their plans to operate out of Moretonhampstead Health Centre as this will make them much more accessible to residents in Dartmoor, particularly to those with little access to public transport. I will do whatever I can to support these initiatives going forward.”

    Mr Wilson added:

    “It was good to bring Mel up to speed on our plans. With our hub at Buckfastleigh Medical Centre proving to be a real success and helping to provide residents with important advice closer to home, we are looking to replicate this setup in Moretonhampstead and potentially other locations in Teignbridge as well.”

    CAB Teignbridge are an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network. They have a 100-strong team of trained volunteers, and are supported by local councils, a variety of specialist funders, and the general public. They serve a population of 125,000 across Teignbridge and handle thousands of enquiries each year. For more information visit