Fraserburgh Advice Service closes its doors

Marjory and Carol from the Advice Service, which has closed its doors for the final time.
Marjory and Carol from the Advice Service, which has closed its doors for the final time.

After 37 years, the Fraserburgh and District Advice Service has closed its doors for the final time.

Most recently based on Commerce Street, the service has issued advice and supported members of the public in Fraserburgh for nearly four decades.

The service held its last session last Thursday, citing difficulties with premises and a lack of volunteers as the main reasons for closing.

By the end of its tenure, the service had a total of eight volunteers who worked across two days - down from a peak of 20 volunteers in its heyday. Among its many achievements, the Fraserburgh service also helped to set up counterpart services in Peterhead and Banff.

Having opened in 1977 at Frithside Street, the volunteers have assisted clients with a wide range of problems and queries over the years.

Immigration, benefits, tax and debt were among the issues which the volunteers encountered the most in recent years.

The service, which was run independently and run entirely by volunteers, raised its own funds and also received support from the Council as well as bank and lottery funding.

Clients who used the service will now have to go to CAB in Peterhead to access similar advice provision.

Commenting, chaiperson of the Advice Service Carol Masson said: “I will be sad not to be going down on Tuesdays as we got a lot of satisfaction from helping people - the rest of the volunteers would concur with that.

“We’d like to thank all the solicitors in particular for their legal advice over the years.”

Carol’s colleague, Marjory, who was vice-chair and a long-serving volunteer with the service, commented: “Somebody said to me it has served its time but actually we could have gone on.

“It is the end of an era but circumstances have forced the closure.

“I’ve made lifelong friends at the service and we’re all going to stay in touch.”