Citizens Advice have been providing essential services to communities since 1939

19th January 2019

Citizens Advice have been providing essential services to communities since 1939

Many people don’t realise that their local Citizens Advice is a charity just like any other. We are so used to seeing a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) in every part of the country, since way back in 1939, that it is hard to imagine being without it. Citizens Advice Enfield is trying to keep its essential services running in the face of funding cuts and has opened two charity shops right here in Palmers Green. These are the first two Citizens Advice charity shops in the UK.

The first shop at 40 Green Lanes, N13 6HT opened in April with the second at 370 Green Lanes, N13 5PE following in December. Why are these shops different?

Francesca and Antonia who manage the new shop at 370 Green Lanes explain –

`Every penny we make will be spent right here in Enfield helping local people through times of trouble. The money you spend with us might be used:

To provide a home visit to a disabled pensioner to sort out their benefits

Advising someone who has been made homeless or lives in bad housing about their rights

Helping a family affected by domestic violence.

Whatever issues you care about, we will see local people affected by those issues.’

Francesca explains how you can help We urgently need volunteers to help at both shops. If you have a few hours to spare each week, do pop in and see us.

Donations are always welcome (sorry, we can’t take electrical items, furniture or children’s equipment such as car seats)

Come and shop with us! We have lovely things for sale at both shops. Both shops are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 370 Green Lanes is also open on Sundays 11am-4pm.

If you need our advice, please don’t hesitate to ask. Our services are free and confidential and open to anyone in Enfield borough. To talk to someone in confidence, phone our adviceline – 0300 330 1167 - on Mondays or Thursdays 10-4pm.

Any of our shop staff will also be happy to arrange for an adviser to call you.