Citizens Advice Ipswich receives grants from Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Babergh District Council to maintain our core services. We have also received grants from various corporate donors and charitable trusts, all of whom are listed in our 2013/14 Annual Report“.
We also have a Friends of the Ipswich CAB who have been involved in various fundraising activities.
As a charity the bureau relies on grants and donations to maintain its core activity and implement new projects. While the local authorities’ grants fund most of the core of our work, we have new projects that also require funding.
- You can make a donation electronically via the Virgin Money Giving link on the right of each page of this site. They will reclaim the appropriate amount of gift aid if you are a tax payer.
- By post or in person to our office, 19 Tower Street, Ipswich IP1 3BE. Please make cheques payable to Ipswich and District Citizens Advice Bureau.
- To enable the bureau to deliver the kind of modern service needed today we need help in purchasing IT equipment and training bureaux staff to use it
- We always need money for equipment in general or for our premises, for example, to improve access for people with disabilities
- If you are upgrading office equipment, we may be able to make use of your old equipment
- Sponsorship money for items such as leaflets, posters and our annual report could help improve the promotion of our services to the local community
- Make us the Charity of the Year at your company. Donations from raffles or contests, no matter how big or small, are always welcome
- If you are a company do you have staff that you could second or encourage to volunteer some time to provide mentoring skills to the bureau?
- Through training and investment, our partnership with volunteers enables them to make a fantastic contribution to the service. In turn, through working in the Citizens Advice environment, volunteers benefit from gaining new skills and personal development, as well as better wellbeing and community engagement. These positive effects on individuals’ lives have additional value for society, through the advantages and savings associated with having happier, healthier and more productive members of the community.
- We play an integral role in supporting and strengthening our local community. We provide a service that meets local needs and reaches out to a diverse and broad client base. We support and strengthen other community-focused organizations, partnering with them to share our insight and best support local people. We also use our extensive knowledge to be an advocate for the local area, mobilizing and connecting people with their community. We are a local service, working with local people, for the benefit of the community.
- By providing advice, and improving policy and practice, we benefit society. Our advice has a positive impact on the health and well-being of our clients, reducing stress and anxiety, preventing relationship breakdown, promoting employment and empowering people to make wider positive changes to their life. We make public services more effective through referral relationships, and by sharing our insight with local and national partners to solve joint problems. Our unique and extensive knowledge of issues that affect our clients lives, enable us to voice them at a local or national strategic level. This benefits more than just our immediate client base by making society fairer. In addition to our campaigning, we empower individuals and communities to engage with society, and make a difference to the issues that matter.
How else can you can help us
We use funding to improve society:
Friends of Ipswich CAB
The Friends of Ipswich CAB is an informal group which supports Citizens Advice Ipswich by raising funds to improve working conditions for our volunteers.
If you would like to get involved with the Friends, particularly if you have experience of fund raising, then contact us via the contact page on this site.