Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau (BCABS), the oldest and largest CAB in the UK, is appealing to the community to help it raise funds to enable it to maintain its Open Door drop in service for clients who are in desperate need of their help.
The drop in service operates at four bureaux across the city, including Northfield, and has been serving the people of Birmingham for 72 years.
Due to funding cuts and changes in the way funding is allocated, the charity is experiencing a lack of finance to maintain the service, staffed mainly by volunteers.
Yvonne Davies, CEO of BCABS said: “It’s a common misapprehension that BCABS is funded entirely via central or local Government grants. This is sadly not the case. We are an independent charity with no fixed central income. Now, more than ever, we have to fundraise locally and ask the public for support. The most useful support for any charity is regular contribution and that’s why we are asking people to set up a monthly standing order for as much as they can afford to enable us to keep this vital Birmingham service alive’.
Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, said ‘I am proud to sign up for the BCABS appeal and support such an established and essential Birmingham charity. BCABS has done life changing work with countless Brummies in crisis and the loss of the Open Door Drop In service would be keenly felt by all in need of independent, impartial, confidential and free legal advice. I am setting up a standing order for £10 per month and I would urge others to think local when considering their charitable giving’.
The standing order form can be downloaded at the BCABS website. Gift Aid information can be found at the same site.
£10 per month would enable a client to get an hour’s free legal advice regarding debt, welfare benefits, housing, immigration, employment and many other crucial topics. BCABS is also approaching the Birmingham business community for similar ongoing support.