Donating

Donating

As an independent local charity, we are not funded by central government but rely on the support of local organisations and people like you to help us make a difference for our clients.

Our services are free, so your donation ensures we can continue to serve our community.

There are so many ways to donate so you can support us in whatever way is easiest for you:

You can donate on your phone via TextGiving

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Click on the following links to make an online donation to support our work in the Stroud District or the Cotswold District. Your money will be used to help train and support our fantastic team of volunteer advisers.

If you feel able to make a regular donation, you can do so by downloading the donation and standing order form. Alternatively, contact us if you'd like us to post you a copy of this form.

Have you considered leaving a donation to the Stroud or Cotswold Citizens Advice in your will? Even if you have already made a will, you can add a simple Codicil to update it with this instruction. Download the Codicil form here and take it to your solicitor. Alternatively, contact us if you'd like us to post you a copy of this form.

You can also support our work whilst you shop at no extra cost to you by shopping with Easy Fundraising when you shop online. You just  click here to register online with Easy Fundraising and choose "Stroud and District CAB" as your cause to support. Then, when you’re shopping online, just remember to visit the retailer (such as Amazon, John Lewis, M&S) via easyfundraising.org.uk. Once you've ordered, the retailer makes a donation to Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold Districts. Don't forget to tell the rest of your family and friends as well!

If you shop at Sainsbury's you can now also raise funds for Citizens Advice when you shop instore using their new prepaid Sainsbury’s Everyday Shopping Card. Every time you upload money onto the card, Sainsbury’s will donate 4% to us without it costing you a penny extra. So don't delay: register now for a card by clicking here

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Fundraising

Like any charity, we welcome supporters who are ready and willing to fundraise on our behalf. Fundraising activities can be very wide ranging, from a traditional can shake through to organising a major event. Every fundraising activity has another big advantage too – it helps raise awareness of Citizens Advice and our work to try and ensure everyone gets the information and advice they need to help them resolve their problems.   Here are just a few ideas…

Organise a tin-shake
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Approach a local supermarket, shopping mall, sports ground or event, to get permission to run a collection. We will then supply tins, tabards, banners and stickers. We may also be able to help with the recruitment of volunteers on the day.

You will need the appropriate permissions and insurance. We have public liability insurance that covers tin collections and will provide a copy of the certificate if needed.

You will need to think about a rota, timings, a secure place for the money, the count-up, and doing a thank you to the supermarket afterwards. Call or email us for guidance.

Organise an event

If you are a born organiser, you could organise a fundraising event for Citizens Advice Stroud & Cotswold Districts. This could be anything from a family tea party through to a major concert.

We do ask that you let us know about your plans. This is so that we can make sure you are safe and insured, and also so that we can help with materials and publicity.

Here are a few event ideas to get you started …

  • Horse racing night using videos
  • Family tea or garden party
  • Concert with local bands in a pub or  village hall
  • Quiz night in your local pub
  • Bridge or chess tournament
  • Sponsored walk around a local park or  reservoir
  • School non-uniform day
  • Dress down Friday at work
  • Cake stall at a local fete
  • Golf competition
  • Neighbourhood garage sale     … and many more

Get sponsored

Always a traditional favourite, you could look to get involved in a challenge and raise money for the society by asking people to sponsor you. How about a local fun run? Or what about signing up for one of the well-publicised races / runs that take place in all of our major cities? Not a runner – how about cycling or swimming? Or what about jumping out of an aeroplane!

We will help you with publicity, t-shirts, sponsor forms, stickers and  so on. It is also very easy to raise sponsorship for us online through Justgiving which allows people to donate using a credit or debit card or by texting a donation from their phone and collects gift aid on our behalf. Justgiving is very efficient for the charity as well as being very secure.

And here's even more fundraising ideas!

Talk to your boss 

Many companies have schemes to support charities, and will often prefer to support charities nominated by staff. If you can put the charity forward to receive corporate donations or other support please do talk to your managers (or think about us if it is your company or you are the manager!).

Talk to us too, we can arrange for one of our trustees or our Chief Executive, or an experienced volunteer, to talk to your company or staff about our work.

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Take part in fundraising events

Watch out for news on this site about events organised by the charity in the future. We will be looking for people to take on challenges or buy tickets for events. We may also need volunteers to help us organise things from time to time.