Will you make us your Charity of the Year?
Whether you have an official AGM for charity giving or a good social rep who organises charity collection pots – we would love you to consider us as your Charity of the Year this year, or at your next event, no matter how small.
NB: Please donate to “Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire” rather than the national umbrella charity “Citizens Advice” which can’t be diverted to us.
Why support us as your Charity of the Year?
We need your help. Like many charities, we rely heavily on individual donations, but unlike other charities, many dismiss us as a branch of government. We’re not. In fact we’re a small, independent charity and we work purely for the people of South Gloucestershire. As a local business, we hope you’ll want to help us.
Naturally our funds are restricted to supporting people in South Gloucestershire only, which is why your local help is so important to us. Recent funding cuts meant we’ve had to reduce some of our services, but we’re still here providing face to face advice sessions in Yate, Bradley Stoke, Cadbury Heath, Thornbury and Emersons Green.
We also provide free telephone advice every weekday (except Bank holidays.)
So what do we do?
We give people the information and advice they need to find a way forward – whoever they are and whatever their problem. We have a huge reach in our local neighbourhoods which means we may well have helped you or your colleague or neighbour – or will do at some point in your life. As well as generalist advice services on any issue, we also have specialist energy and utilities advisors, a specialist debt team, and we’re a regional lead in providing support for Universal Credit applications.
Anyone can access our services from age 15+ and come back as many times as they need to for free advice on any topic. Our work really does make a difference to people’s lives. We’re helping over 4,000 people a year with over 18,000 issues, putting £3.5 million a year back into the pockets of local people who need it most. We do this through helping people access things like pension credits, supporting people to appeal unfair benefits decisions, or to manage complex debt issues.
Other ways to help
Enter a running challenge as a work team
We have some opportunities where you can raise sponsorship for us as a work team. You can register charity places to run for us at the Bath Half Marathon in October 2024 or at the Great Bristol Run in May 2024. To find out more visit our Choose Your Challenge page.
Host a Collection Tin for us
If you run a retail or cafe space, we would love you to host a collection tin by your till or public area to raise cash for us through your customers. You won’t need to do anything – as we’re local we can make sure the funds are collected every month.
We also have posters and leaflets to display, letting people know about our daily services. If you would be happy to have one, please phone our Yate office on 01454 334961 or email Katie Collier at email@example.com.
We always appreciate raffle prizes to raise further funds and would love any contributions – a gift or voucher. If you have something you would like to donate please post to: Katie Collier, Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire, Kennedy Way, Yate, BS37 4DQ or email for us to collect locally.