Our History

1939 - Garston CAB is established by a group of volunteers and rents premises on St.Mary’s Road Garston responding to local needs at the onset of World War II.


1975 - The Bureau obtained a grant from PSS to purchase new premises at 17 James Street,Garston

Bureau is operating out of a small office in James Street Garston it has 2 paid staff and eight volunteers


1995 - Establishment of the Garston CAB Health and Advice Project providing advice and information at primary health care sites in South Liverpool


1996 - The Bureau produced its first 5 year Development Plan, identifying four key areas for growth:

  • Meeting the advice needs in Garston
  • Strengthening the Management Committee
  • Developing specialist advice service
  • Relocating to larger, accessible, well-located premises


1997 - The Bureau formed a consortium with Garston Community District Council and SMART. And obtained funding of approximately £500,000 from NLCB, English Heritage, European Regeneration Development Fund, Speke-Garston Partnership and others. The purpose of the funding was to build a community one-stop shop for members of the consortium called “Garston Community House.


1998 - Funding from the Legal Services Commission enabled us to launch a Specialist Money Advice Service


1999 - We moved into our new premises at Garston Community House and recruited additional volunteers to help meet increased demand. With further LSC funding, we expanded our Money Advice Service and launched a Welfare Rights Service in Garston Bureau serving the community of south Liverpool.


2000 - Liverpool City Council’s Review of Grant Aid secured core funding WITH A £10,000 increase.Jointly with Anfield & Toxteth CABx, we started the Mental Health Income Maximisation Project, with one worker based in Garston and Garston CAB being the employing body.
Launched a Housing Casework Service, with further Legal Service Commission funding


2003 - Establishment of the Garston CAB Access to Advice project, a project to compliment the already existing Income Maximisation Project for people experiencing mental distress.
Review of Business plan with action planner for 2003-2004.
From April, relocation of the specialist staff to Garston Community House creating a single site for all service delivery. The site at Garston Community House has full disabled Access.


2004 - Sale of 17 James Street


2005 - Successful bid to Liverpool City Council with a small increase in funding to deliver advice services in the South Liverpool Area. Working in partnership, with North Liverpool CAB, to deliver, an income maximisation service to older people experiencing mental distress, funded by the DWP. Major revision of the organisations business plan after consultation with staff, volunteers and service users


2006 - Successful consortium bid to provide Debt Management Advice and Services across South Liverpool. DTi Financial Inclusion Fund


2009 - Successful Bid to United Utilities for funding to provide Debt Management and Budgeting Advice to those suffering severe mental distress


2011 - Successful merger with Toxteth CAB took place to form South Liverpool CAB, under the direction of a single Management Committee. The Bureaux also deliver advice at Toxteth Town Hall, Liverpool 8.



toxteth town hall 1969