Dorset Citizen's Advice secures funding to help vulnerable people

Dorset Citizen's Advice secures funding to help vulnerable people

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 12:10am 16th November 2019.

Citizen's Advice in Dorset has obtained additional funding to provide advice and support to vulnerable clients.

Vulnerable people at risk of homelessness and those with cancer, multiple sclerosis and mental health problems will benefit from the funding.

The announcement comes as the number of people in Dorset seeking help from Citizens Advice continues to grow - over 15,000 people were helped last year in the Dorset Council area.

Recent projects by Citizens Advice in Dorset (CAiD):

  • New offices in Littlemoor and on Portland in response to Weymouth & Portland being one of the highest areas of deprivation in the county
  • Supporting the refugee families who have recently moved to the county as part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme
  • In Purbeck, funds are being provided by the Lloyds Foundation to provide specialist support to vulnerable clients at risk of homelessness
  • Work in schools and youth clubs, delivering budgeting and independent living skills to young people 
  • Funding to deliver specialist energy advice and training to consumers and frontline workers
  • Additional funding to provide advice and support to very vulnerable clients, including people with cancer, multiple sclerosis and mental health problems (both inpatient and in the community)
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What do Citizen's Advice offer residents?

  • Helps ensure that people seeking help are able to access the advice they require from the most appropriate source
  • CAiD works closely with Dorset Council in supporting the voluntary and community sector
  • There are over 30 places across the area where you can receive face to face help from Citizens Advice
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Citizens Advice is widening what it can offer by working successfully with partners.

Caroline Buxton, Executive Manager of CAiD, said:

"By working together organisations are able to be an effective voice for the advice sector to influence decision-making.  

"They can jointly provide evidence of need, and the value of the advice that is available. Joint working makes more effective use of resources and opportunities to share good practice, avoid duplication and offer training."

"It is important to recognise that coping with a growing workload would not be possible without the financial support we receive from local authorities throughout Dorset and the contribution of more than 300 volunteers."

Find out how to get in touch with your local Citizen's Advice.