Citizens Advice Cornwall is appealing for public support to help more people across the county as demand for its service soars.
The charity has launched a Regular Giving Campaign where potential donors can sign up for as little as £1 a month to help expand its work.
Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said: “As a charity facing huge demand on our services at present, our resources are extremely stretched. We want to help more people and can only do this with more funds.
“We are asking our community to support us with whatever can be spared so that those most in need can get help. Every pound donated allows us to train and support advisers to be there and by giving to us regularly, we can plan and maintain our services more effectively.”
Last year, Citizens Advice Cornwall helped more than 9,000 people with almost 40,000 issues, write-off debt worth a total of over £1 million and gain income worth more than £8.1 million.
Community Fundraising Manager, Tamsin Chapman-Gunner, said: “We’re only able to provide this service with the support of the public and grant giving organisations, whose donations enable us to continue our work.
“As a Cornish charity, we rely heavily on people’s generosity. This campaign will help us to grow our services further.”
Citizens Advice Cornwall provides free, independent and confidential advice on a wide range of subjects for everyone in the community, including benefits, debt, housing, relationship issues, employment and redundancy, consumer, legal issues and more.
It costs Citizens Advice Cornwall around £1.5-million to run the service each year, a figure that is set to rise as the need for help increases.
Members of the public can help support the charity by making a financial donation - no matter how big or small, or helping with fundraising. For example, £10 could buy a headset for an advisor, £25 could pay for an hour’s advice appointment and £50 could help fund a one-to-one training session on managing bills.
To find out more about fundraising, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone wishing to support the charity with a regular donation can visit the website at https://citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk/support-us/ and download a sign-up form or via Just Giving at https://justgiving.com/campaign/regulargiving.
You can also sign-up by text. Just text GIVER followed by your donation amount to 70580 to give that amount, for example GIVER5 to donate £5 - Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message, and you’ll be opting in to hearing more from us. If you would like to donate but don't wish to hear more from us, please text GIVERNOINFO instead.