Citizens Advice Awareness Week

13 March 2012

This week is Citizens Advice Awareness Week (12 - 18 March), and they're focusing on the winter months ahead.

Sustainability Trust and Citizens' Advice Bureau staff with energy-saving curtains

Sustainability Trust and Citizens' Advice Bureau staff with energy-saving curtains

Mary O'Regan, Area Manager of Wellington's Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), says this week they're helping people to get the best deal from their power companies and also stay warm while not sacrificing comfort and health.

"We've also teamed up with the Sustainability Trust and the Wellington Curtain Bank to offer a complete service for beneficiaries and people on low incomes."

The Sustainability Trust and CAB are supported by the Council.

Mary says CAB chose to focus on power and heating because last year they helped more than 2300 people with questions about power.

"The upgrade of the national grid means power prices are likely to rise again in April - making living comfortably even harder for those already struggling to live within their means."

CAB volunteers can help to explain payment options, ways to save power around the home and also check whether you're entitled to a subsidy or other financial help for power.

The Sustainability Trust - which is providing the curtains - can also help with home insulation subsidies, tips on how to heat your home more efficiently and choosing appliances.

Central CAB is on the mezzanine floor of the Central Library in Victoria Street.

There's no need to make an appointment - they're open until 5.15pm on Mondays, 6.30pm Tuesday to Thursday; 3.30pm on Fridays and 1.00pm Saturdays.

Alternatively, phone 472 2466 or email

There are also offices in Johnsonville, Karori, Aro Valley, Kilbirnie and Newtown - all based in the local community centres. Mary says there's an 0800 number (0800 FOR CAB) and the CAB website is a great source of information:

Citizens' Advice Bureau website

To donate curtains, drop them off at 8a Horner Street, Newtown.