Spirit of the Com­mu­nity award for Air­drie Citizens’ Ad­vice

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Crown Court -

Air­drie Citizens’Ad­vice Bureau has been awarded thou­sands of pounds af­ter be­ing recog­nised for its work in the com­mu­nity.

The bureau re­ceived a £5000 fund­ing boost from Cly­des­dale Bank’s Spirit of the Com­mu­nity awards at a re­cent cer­e­mony in Glas­gow.

Now in its sixth year, the awards recog­nise char­i­ties and not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions for their in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions, with the bank hav­ing do­nated £80,000 to 15 com­mu­nity groups across Scot­land this year.

Air­drie CAB has served the town for al­most 50 years.

It pro­vides in­de­pen­dent, free and con­fi­den­tial ad­vice to those in need on money and debt-re­lated is­sues, and wel­fare rights and hous­ing.

It also of­fers ser­vices rang­ing from sign­post­ing to qual­i­fied le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Aaliya Seyal, man­ager at Air­drie CAB, told the Ad­ver­tiser:“We are grate­ful to have been awarded the Cly­des­dale Bank Spirit of the Com­mu­nity award.

“The award will al­low us to sup­port our com­mu­ni­ties and build fi­nan­cial man­age­ment skills in a grow­ing digital world. In par­tic­u­lar we are keen to en­sure com­mu­ni­ties are not pay­ing the price of re­main­ing off­line.

“The grant is timely in the face of an­tic­i­pated in­creased fi­nan­cial hard­ship for fam­i­lies fol­low­ing the full roll out of Univer­sal Credit in North La­nark­shire in April.”

In­valu­able sup­port Aaliya Seyal, sec­ond left, with col­leagues and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Cly­des­dale Bank

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