Call a CAB, citizens’ champion Anne to leave

News — By on April 8, 2014 2:37 pm

A STALWART of the Haddington branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau will bid farewell to the service this summer. Anne Hastie will call it a day on July 11, a quarter of a century after she was appointed manager. Anne, from Musselburgh, told the Courier: “It has been fantastic. It’s very hard to give up a job you love. “There are a lot of challenges ahead and I think someone new can take them on. “I always knew when it would be time. The 25th anniversary of my appointment seems a good time.” She added: “There have been many challenges in my 25 years! “We’re in our fourth set of premises since I took the job in 1989 and are looking for new ones which are more accessible and affordable. “Future funding is also uncertain so I felt it was time to let someone new take up the challenge to ensure that there will be a CAB in Haddington for many years to come!” There have been many achievements during Anne’s time at the helm of the branch, on the town’s Court Street. She pinpointed the branch becoming a full-time CAB in 2002 as one of the most important changes, along with being the only CAB in the county to have an approved debt adviser. She added: “It will be really hard to leave as it’s a great job working with such a fantastic team. “It must be one of the most satisfying jobs anyone can have to be able to help resolve problems for fellow citizens who just can’t get through the maze of bureaucracy.” One of Anne’s last tasks was to help develop a new website for Haddington CAB. “The old website did what it said on the tin but needed upgraded,” she said, It has been developed with an eye to a lot of self help. People can go on the website and get the advice they need.” The role of branch manager is now set to be advertised.

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