Citizens Advice Purbeck is a local charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to everyone in the community. We also campaign for improvements on a range of issues that affect peoples lives both locally and across the UK.
In the last year Citizens Advice Purbeck helped around 1,400 local people deal with 5,000 different issues; we could not do this without the help and support of our local community. Find out below how you can support Citizens Advice Purbeck's fundraising
Special project: Taking advice to rural communities
Thanks to your donations during the Christmas Challenge 2018 we raised over £4,900 to fund a specialist Citizens Advice rural adviser including a matching donation from the Reed Foundation.
You may be aware that Citizens Advice Purbeck is your local charity providing free, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of topics to Purbeck residents. Whilst many people access our service via drop-in sessions in Wareham, Swanage, Bovington, Upton and Lytchett Matravers, we are seeing increased referrals for those who find it hard to get to these outreaches and require home visits.
As a result, we are trying to raise additional funds to support a specialist adviser to visit people disadvantaged by isolation, poverty and disability in rural parts of Purbeck.
A rural district, Purbeck is relatively disadvantaged in public transport provision thereby limiting access to advice services at our 5 outreaches. 34% of households have no access to an hourly bus service. 26% people are aged over 65 compared to 19.5% nationally.
We have received increasing numbers of referrals from social workers and district nurses.
Unable to access face to face advice, residents are not always receiving all welfare benefit entitlements to to live healthy, independent lives.
This project will fund a Specialist Welfare Benefits Adviser to offer two home visits per week and related casework to people who are disadvantaged because of isolation, poverty or disability (including mental health issues). We will help with welfare benefit applications and appeals, and income maximisation. We will also look at other forms of support which may be relevant, such as local grant schemes, food banks or other charitable support. This project minimises rural disadvantage.
Throughout the year we organise a range of events which are a great opportunity to meet all our wonderful supporters and raise money to keep our service running. Keep an eye on our news page, twitter and local media for up to date details of what's on and what's coming.
Fundraising as you shop
Youu can support Citizens Advice Purbeck by shopping online through the easyfundraising website.
Every time you shop online via easyfundraising at one of the 3,300 retailers including John Lewis, Aviva, Sainsbury’s and Booking.com, a donation will be made to Purbeck Citizens Advice, and it won’t cost you a penny extra.
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We would gratefully receive a donation of any amount you can give to help run our charity. Please send a cheque made payable to "Purbeck Citizens Advice Bureau" to: Citizens Advice Purbeck, Mill Lane, Wareham BH20 4RA.
Leave a legacy
Our advice services are increasingly in demand and this looks set to grow even further. Any gift, however small, will help to ensure that we are still here for your family and friends, and their children and grandchildren. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Is your organisation looking to support a local charity either to fulfil your Corporate Social Responsibilities or to give something back to others in your community? If so here are many ways you could support us:
• Choose or nominate us as your 'Charity of the Year'
• Make a one-off or regular donation
• Payroll giving
• Donating raffle or auction prizes
• Volunteering and in-kind support
We would love to discuss exactly what we can offer and how supporting us could be beneficial to your business and to us . We will work with your company to deliver a charity partnership that is professional, inventive and flexible to your needs and interests. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
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