Over £4,900 was raised by Citizens Advice Purbeck’s recent Christmas Challenge to support our home-visiting service thanks to Purbeck residents and friends.

For those who can’t access their local CA drop-in service, home visits provide a lifeline and we are grateful for your support.

Donations made online during the campaign were match-funded by the Big Give. So your £10 donation became £20 for the charity - one donation, twice the impact.

Local charity Citizens Advice Purbeck provides free, confidential and impartial advice on a wide range of topics to local residents. Whilst many people access the service via drop-in sessions in Wareham, Swanage, Bovington, Upton and Lytchett Matravers, Citizens Advice is seeing increased referrals for those who find it hard to get to these outreaches and require home visits.

“As a rural district, Purbeck is relatively disadvantaged in public transport provision, limiting access to our drop-in services,” said Helen Goldsack, Chief Officer, Citizens Advice Purbeck.

“Thirty-four per cent of households have no access to an hourly bus service and 26% of people in our area are aged over 65 compared to 19.5% nationally. Disadvantaged residents may be missing out on advice, particularly on welfare benefit entitlements, that could help them live healthy, independent lives.”

Your generous donations will enable Citizens Advice Purbeck to fund a Specialist Welfare Benefits Adviser to help those who are disadvantaged because of isolation, poverty or disability (including mental health issues).

More information on the project can be found on the charity’s website www.purbeckadvice.org.uk