Cambrian News photographer - Pictured at the CAB office on King Street, Aberystwyth, are, from left: Sophie Yarker, volunteer; Sophie Francis, session supervisor; Horia Nicorescu, volunteer; and Cllr Paul Hinge

A LONG-SERVING chairman of the Aberystwyth and Ceredigion Citizens Advice Bureau is standing down after nine years of service.

Cambrian News reported “Paul Hinge started as chairman of Aberystwyth CAB before taking over as chair for Ceredigion CAB after a joint transition between the Aberystwyth branch and Cardigan branch.

While he is standing down as chair, after already exceeding guidelines on term limits, Mr Hinge said he’ll be continuing on the board of trustees of Ceredigion CAB.

He paid tribute to the volunteers he had worked with during his time as chairman and said he was confident that the organisation could continue to provide the support people in need required.

He said: “It has certainly been a rollercoaster ride, both challenging and most definitely inwardly rewarding.

“I have worked with some wonderfully dedicated people who have selflessly given of their time to this charity, and employees that are some of the most competent and professional people it’s been my honour and pleasure to know.

“I would love to go on but the terms of our membership of CitA nationally means that my two extensions of time in the chair are now definitely coming to an end and a new set of eyes and ears at the helm is always healthy anyway.

“However, I will still be continuing my involvement with Ceredigion CAB and shall be there to support the new chair throughout in my continued role on the board of trustees of Ceredigion CAB.”

Individual CAB branches are separate charities and Mr Hinge said that in recent years it had become a challenge in finding the funding required to keep the service going” here.

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