Help Through Crisis Project
Where can you turn when money problems risk becoming a money crisis?
Our Help through Crisis partnership is a really good place to start.
for partner organisations wishing to make a referral to Citizens Advice or any of the other partner organisations, there is a flier you can use to make referrals here.
Please use this flier to get consent from anyone you wish to refer to share their contact details and then get in touch. We will then contact the client and take it from there.
Disability Confident Committment
We have just signed up to the Disability Conifdent Scheme.
As a Disability Confident Committed Employer we have committed to:
• Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible:
• Communicate and promote vacancies:
• Offer an interview to disabled people
• Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required
• Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health
condition, enabling them to stay in work
• At least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people.
Find out more about Disability Confident at: www.gov.uk/dwp/disabilityconfident
Royal Recognition for our Volunteer
The tireless efforts of a local volunteer were recognised this week when she was awarded the British Empire Medal.
Ann Horner, Trustee and Chair of the Fundraising Committee of Stroud and District Citizens Advice Bureau, was presented with the medal by Dame Janet Trotter, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, at the charity’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday.
Dame Janet said, “The British Empire Medal gives recognition for local excellence, for people who are extraordinary in their community, people who make a difference in their community. Ann Horner makes a huge difference in the Stroud District through her inspirational approach to fundraising. With passion, determination and her wonderful manner, Ann has led a successful campaign to build up a base of standing order donations from so many people in the District, and has organised numerous successful fundraising events that take months to plan. Her efforts raise over £15,000 a year to support and champion an organisation that transforms lives by helping vulnerable people resolve their problems. “
Sally Pickering, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice in the Stroud and Cotswold Districts, said “Ann stands out from others because she has that rare ability to get everyone to pull together to make a difference. She has enthused and inspired a whole team of volunteers and so many people across our community to raise money for our work. This unrestricted income enables us to provide vital specialist advice services across the Stroud District that are hard to fund through other means”.
Sandi Sorell, a colleague who nominated Ann for the award, said “I can’t think of anyone I have ever met that has used their admirable leadership qualities to make such a positive impact.”
Funding Boost to support people in Crisis
Advice and support agencies across the Stroud and Cotswold Districts are this week celebrating the news of new Big Lottery funding to help them support people in crisis.
The £500,000 grant will fund a 5-year programme led by Citizens Advice Stroud and Cotswold Districts to improve the prospects of people currently living in crisis or who are at risk of crisis as a result of hardship and will focus on supporting people to overcome barriers they face in accessing the services they need.
A partnership of local charities will work together to provide immediate support such as food parcels, or transport to attend a vital court hearing, and to then work with people to address the underlying cause of their situation through advocacy and advice on issues such as family breakdown, health problems, homelessness or debt.
Sally Pickering, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice in the Stroud and Cotswold Districts, said ”As an advice agency, we see many people who find it difficult to cope with the complexities of their lives and who struggle to access the support they need, perhaps because they are disabled, have a mental health problem or live in an isolated rural community. By working in a partnership with other charities who, like Citizens Advice, are rooted in their communities, we will be able to use our combined local knowledge and expertise to support those that need it most, helping people not only out of a crisis situation, but, by addressing the underlying causes of their situation, empowering them to improve their lives and their futures”
Help us win £25,000 to fund a volunteer-led Debt Advice Service in the Cotswolds!
We have been shortlisted for this year’s Nationwide Community Grants Programme and could win £25,000 to help us train up a team of specialist debt caseworkers in the Cotswolds.
Anyone who has an account with Nationwide is eligible to vote for the project they want to win.
Voting is now open and continues until 20th July.
So, if you are a Nationwide account holder, please vote for ca-scd now by clicking here.
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