The Roper Family Trust is supporting Citizens Advice, as the charity attempts to meet the growing need for help coming from residents in Bath & North East Somerset.
In the first three months of 2021, the charity saw 19% more residents asking for debt advice compared to the same period in 2020. Local people are also asking for help with multiple issues suggesting that they are experiencing more complicated concerns than in the past.
Remote working and new partnerships like the Community Wellbeing Hub have also complicated the handling of client cases. So, as residents are increasingly seeking help, staff and volunteers, who have been toiling as they support clients through the pandemic, have been put under added pressure.
However, the charity is delighted to have received funding from the Roper Family Trust, which will give much-needed assistance to the charity as it tries to meet the needs of local people.
Interim CEO for the charity, Suzanne Wigmore, said “We’re exceedingly grateful to the Roper Trust for their donation, which will enable us to train new advisers to help the increasing number of residents who are coming to us.
“While vaccinations are defeating the virus, residents are going to be dealing with the Covid-19 ramifications for a long time and that’s why support for our charity and others like it is so vital and so greatly appreciated.”
Paul Roper of the Trust said: “We are delighted to again be supporting Bath Citizens Advice. As we slowly come out of the pandemic, there will be many local people who need support. Bath CA are at the forefront of this and we would encourage other local businesses and trusts to help them deliver their excellent services.”
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