Thursday, November 04, 2010

Liverpool Central Citizens Advice Board fundraising plans

Open letter from Liverpool Central CAB. Can you help them fundraise?

I am writing to tell you about some fantastic events taking place next month in aid of Liverpool Central Citizen’s Advice Bureau, which is desperately in need of your support.

We know that times are hard for everyone right now, and many organisations in the city are facing drastic cuts. But we wanted to take the time to remind you of the valuable and vital work undertaken by the dedicated team at Liverpool Central CAB, now under threat of losing a third of its workforce and ability to provide significant expertise in areas of welfare, debt and housing.

Our funding comes entirely from grants and donations. Right now, is more important than ever as we try to do everything we can to save the jobs and specialist services at risk.

That is why we have organised four fundraising events, taking place next month, that we hope you will take the time and opportunity to support in whatever way you can.

The effort to raise our target of £50,000 in just four days:

Day 1. Begins on Saturday 6th November with a bag packing event at Asda on Smithdown Road with over 20 volunteers.

Day 2. After this, on Thursday 11th November, we will be presenting an “All Night Benefit Extravaganza”- with established and current bands, comedians and well known dancers (as featured on “Britain’s Got Talent” and the “MTV Awards.”)

Day 3. This fantastic event will be followed by a “Benefit Bazaar and Auction” which will start at 3:30pm and end at 11:30pm. This event will take place at the Slug and Lettuce on North John Street on Friday 12th November.

Day 4. Our final event will be a collection outside Everton Football Club on Sunday, 14th November.

It is vital that we are able to keep helping vulnerable people in this city. Last year Liverpool Central CAB alone helped deal with £10m of debt, helped residents claim £689,791 in benefits, represented 1,998 people in court for housing possession and eviction and debt hearings. In total, more than 10,000 clients were helped with 51,235 problems. You may well have first hand experience of constituents we have helped.

We’ve set a big goal for ourselves – but we are determined to make sure we do what we can to protect the services of Central Liverpool CAB, one of the oldest organisations of its kind in the country.

Liverpool Central Citizens Advice Bureau

2nd Floor, 1 Union Court,
Cook Street
L2 4SJ
Telephones:(0151) 2858534


Rocio Castillero said...

Thank you Louise for announcing the four events that took place last week. In truth, all four events went well but we still need to raise a more funds to help the service maintain its excellent standards as jobs are now in jeopardy. I would very much appreciate if you could support further and guide the bureau into more successful outcomes as this would be much appreciated. Rocio Castillero - Fundraising and Communications Manager, Liverpool Central CAB

Louise Baldock said...

Hi Rocio, times are indeed very hard and will become more so as this Coalition Government slashes funding either to organisations like yours to or organisations like mine who give money to organisations like yours. The best advice I can give to you or any other voluntary organisation in Liverpool about funding is to beat a path to the door of LCVS who have a very small funding team who will be able to direct you to any likely pots of money that you might be able to claim from across the country.
I do feel though that we have to stop replying on grants for income and think of more imaginative ways of fundraising, just like you have done here, because there are so few grants on offer now and so much competition.
Good luck!