Our Premises Appeal
Will you help us double the number of people we help?
Every 2 minutes, people are turning to Citizens Advice for help as we face the cost-of-living crisis together.
In 2022, we helped record numbers of people in crisis with foodbank referrals and emergency support. Three-quarters of people who turned to us for crisis support in 2022 did so for the first time, and already, 2023 is proving to be even worse. We hear about spiralling costs, shortfalls in income and families simply unable to afford even the essentials. Every day we’re talking to people who literally don’t know where else to turn.
We’re working hard at Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire to cope with this increasing demand. Since April, we have added an extra session in Yate for out-of-office hours, we run new advice sessions in Emersons Green and now have a new funded project worker coordinating with the NHS primary care trust to enable people with health barriers to access the support they need.
Our Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire received an “Excellent” advice rating last year and has worked in the county for nearly 50 years. Despite offering free telephone advice and regular face-to-face drop in sessions across six venues in South Gloucestershire, there are many more people we are still not reaching.
We launched a summer fundraising appeal in 2023, but still are looking to raise funds to move into our new home in 2024.
We don’t currently have enough advice rooms to cope with the demand and so at our regular drop-in sessions in Yate, people are having to squeeze into our small waiting room, with people sitting on the floor and queuing for our help outside just to see someone to get the help they desperately need. Our current premises are not accessibility friendly, with no public toilets on site and people needing to leave mobility scooters and pushchairs outside. In recruiting additional volunteers and staff to cope with these numbers, we have quickly outgrown our premises and we don’t have enough desk space to enable our volunteer advisors to have the room they need.
Will you help us double the amount of people we see face-to-face?
Give just £10 to help more local people in our community in their time of need.
We have just secured a bigger premises in Yate which will allow us to see many more clients at any one time. Our current offices only provide 4 advice rooms where clients can come to us to be heard confidentially, whatever their problem. Our new home would allow us to create 8 advice rooms which would help 80 people every week in Yate alone. At the moment we help over 4,000 people a year. With your donation, we hope to help 8,000 people every year.
We need your help to make our new home a welcoming space to everyone who comes, whatever their circumstance. With your funds, we hope to start renovating to make the building fit for purpose –with a new reception area, a larger waiting room for more clients, more advice rooms and larger office space for increasing numbers of volunteer advisors and staff to complete their work safely and confidentially.
We want our building to be a warm and welcoming space for local people – providing new sofas and chairs in the new waiting room, with a book and toy corner, space for pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. We also want to make sure everyone gets the help they need to be a beacon to everyone who needs us, whatever stage of life. As our new premises will be close to Yate train station we want accessible signage to let people know we’re there for them, visible by road and train.
Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire is an independent, local charity which means we don’t automatically get national Citizens Advice or government funding. We are reliant on generous donations and grants to sustain our local services. We already run face-to-face sessions almost every day across the county – partially funded by generous local authority and grant-making trusts to provide face-to-face support in Yate, Bradley Stoke, Stoke Gifford, Cadbury Heath, Thornbury and Emersons Green.
However, as funding cuts increase and the demand for our services exponentially increases, we need to diversify our income to individuals who are invested in our neighbourhoods, so we can only do it with your help.
How to Donate:
- Donate online £10 or more directly here.
- Make a bank transfer: Account name: Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, Account number: 00020437 Sort-code: 40-52-40
- Donate by cheque, payable to ‘Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire’ and return to: Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, Kennedy Way, Yate BS37 4DQ
- Find us on JustGiving and CrowdFunder.
If you would like to make a lasting contribution to the sustainability of our work across South Gloucestershire, we would really appreciate a regular monthly donation towards our work. You can choose this option through our donate page.
We would love to offer match funding for this appeal. If you’re a local business who can contribute to match funding, please get in touch.
If you would like to fundraise towards our work through your local group or neighbourhood, please feel free to let us know so we can promote it further. Just write a note saying “For Premises Appeal” if you would like your donation to be restricted to this appeal.
LEAVING A LEGACY
Want to do a bit more for South Gloucestershire? If you would like to make sure we continue to be at the heart of our community need for many more years to come, perhaps you would consider leaving a donation in your Will? You can still mark it as restricted to our premises appeal fund if you would like – for more information about how to do this, go to Leave A Gift in Your Will page.
WANT TO KEEP UPDATED?
For more information about our appeal, our move date or how we will spend the money, please feel free to email Katie Collier at email@example.com with any questions or to receive regular updates specifically on this appeal, please email with the subject heading “Premises Updates”.