CAB helps couple reclaim £9,000

When a Whitworth couple found themselves in financial strife after redundancy, Rossendalealt Citizens' Advice Bureau helped them to reclaim nearly £9,000.

They are now debt free - something that would not have happened had it not been for the actions of the CAB.

Catherine Smyth was employed by the local branch to write an article about the couple and it was used as a page lead in the Lancashire Telegraph and also on About My Area community website.

Over the past four years the CAB has employed Catherine Smyth on a number of occasions to promote the excellent work being carried out in Rossendale.



I am delighted to report that it has been another busy month.

A four-page evaluative piece on the homeless policy No Second Night Out featured in the Big Issue In The North.

A further three news stories were written for Enterprising People In Ribble Valley to feature in the Clitheroe Advertiser.

Several freelance news stories were written for About My Area Community website these included: a controversial school fence row, United Utilities felling 15,000 trees in a plantation next to a reservoir, the tragic death of a brave teenager who battled a terminal illness, a daughter who saved her mum's life and an actress playing the chilling role of Myra Hindley.

Contracts for Fearns and Haslingden High have seen their schools in the press with news stories and pictures taken by Catherine Smyth, including a girl whose head was shaved for charity and she raised £2,000. Haslingden High's Highlights magazine is now out.

The June edition of Veterans In Communities Newsletter has also been produced

On the School News projects - a paper in a day was produced at St Mary's in Burnley on a Friday. It was turned around very quickly, proof read and checked over the weekend in time for Monday morning when it was printed and presented to the Diocesan inspectors who were on a scheduled visit.

Comment from the head Ian Jones: "I can tell you now that feedback has been fantastic. The inspectors were very impressed with our Chaplaincy Team and the newsletter."

At Fearns, the 16-page A4 paper in a week was turned around on time and included a Skype interview with an ex-pupil who is now a multi millionaire and new Dragon on Dragons; Den. Literacy co-ordinator Rebecca Roach said: "Thank you very much for all your hard work! I am so pleased with the end product and can't wait to get it back from the printer. We've had the fastest ever production this year!"