Who are we and who do we help?
Citizens Advice Fareham first opened its doors to the community in 1942 and since then we have been providing impartial, independent, confidential and free advice to anyone in our community who needs our help.
We are based in central Fareham but reach further into the borough with five staffed outreach locations. We currently have 55 dedicated, trained and experienced volunteers... some of whom have been with the organisation since the 1970s!
Every year, we see over 3500 clients and this number is rising. Over 40% of everyone we see has a disability and many are dealing with mental health problems.
Those suffering with mental health problems are likely to have up to five separate issues and it is well recognised that debt and mental health are inextricably linked.
What will we do with the funds?
If we are successful raising the funds, we will be able to ensure that an adviser is on hand to help those with the most complex of problems. These are the clients who often find that they are overwhelmed and unable to cope. Our adviser will give specialist debt advice and if necessary, assist with Debt Relief Orders to help clients get back on their feet. Our advice is holistic covering subjects ranging from Family and Relationships, Welfare benefits and tax credits, Universal Credit, Debt including Council tax arrears and Employment and Immigration issues.
Being able to cope with the challenges that life throws at us is something that many of us take for granted. A disability may mean that an individual needs extra help and time to understand how to deal with their finances, which is why we will follow-up the advice we give with Financial Capability training to build resilience. These are skills that may mean the difference between coping and crisis in the future.
Please help us to help the most vulnerable members of our community and make a difference that changes lives.