Our services are free, but as an independent local charity we rely on the support of local organisations and people like you to help us to make a difference for our clients.

We are lucky enough to have two groups who regularly fundraise for us. The Stroud Citizens Advice Fundraising Group cover the Stroud and District area and the Friends of Cotswold Citizens Advice fundraise and campaign in the Cotswold and District area.

Fundraising News

The Concert given for us by the brilliant pianist Clare Hammond and the wonderful Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra conducted by Jon Trim was a great success.

We were so glad to be able to listen to live music again and this was only the second concert given by the Youth Orchestra in two years, because of the pandemic.

Clare Hammond gave a brilliant performance of works by Dorothy Carwithin, Brahms and Medtner and received a standing ovation.

The Youth Orchestra played works by Walton, Mussorgsky, Borodin and the very first performance of a commissioned work by young composer Fraz Ireland.

The vote of thanks was given by the Patron of Stroud’s Friends who also spoke of the need for financial support for the charity, particularly in these difficult times. The total raised by the evening was £2,000 which is a wonderful boost to our funds and we thank everyone who supported us and those who worked to make the evening such a success.

Fundraising News

Following on from their successful but chilly street collection in December, Cotswold Citizens Advice decided to hold another collection in Cirencester but this time hoped for warmer weather. Saturday 21st May was chosen as it also coincided with a special Food Market.

With help from volunteer advisors and staff, and from The Friends of Cirencester Citizens Advice, collectors were positioned in several locations in and around the Market Square. A large poster was in place outside the Parish Church porch, reminding us of the 80 plus years since our advice service first started in wartime Cirencester in 1941. Collectors also carried a similar message on a ribbon around their necks.

There was a good footfall and visitors and local people alike helped contribute to a generous total of nearly £400 to which gift aid can be added. Cirencester regularly holds interesting markets, so we will return before long. We are also hoping to hold similar events in the future in other locations within The Cotswolds.

Fundraising Ideas

Whether it’s

  • through making a donation,
  • organising your own event,
  • helping run an event or street
  • choosing us as your organisation’s Charity of the Year

you can get involved and make a difference.

Who we help

Over the winter, there was a desperate need for funds to help people who had come to us with emergencies such as urgently needing energy top ups, help with travel. Both Stroud Citizens Advice Fundraising Group and Friends of Cotswold Citizens Advice donated £250 each to the fund to help families and individuals in need.