Photo (left to right): Sir Hugh Duberly, Professor Barbara Sahakian, Nigel Brown (Chair of Cambridge Citizens Advice) and Councillor Jeremy Benstead. Copyright © Cambridge Citizens Advice / John Knox.

Cambridge Citizens Advice held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 7th November 2016 at Hughes Hall. Over 70 people attended, including the Mayor of Cambridge Jeremy Benstead, and trustees, staff, volunteers, partners and supporters of Citizens Advice.

At the event, Cambridge University neuroscientist Professor Barbara Sahakian gave an engaging talk on decision-making and mental health, sharing her insights on the thought processes and motivations that influence our decisions, and highlighting the challenges faced by people with mental health problems when it comes to weighing up consequences and making decisions.

In the last year, Cambridge Citizens Advice has helped local people with approximately 15,000 enquiries, mostly relating to benefits and debts. CEO Rachel Talbot and Treasurer Geoff Wilson thanked the volunteers for their time and commitment, whose valuable contribution had a monetary equivalent of nearly £500,000.

Rachel Talbot, CEO of Cambridge Citizens Advice, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who attended our AGM and made the event a success, especially Professor Sahakian for her fascinating talk.”