Wokingham CAB hit by more cutsBy Laura Herbert
April 30, 2012
The town’s cash-strapped Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is appealing for help to keep the vital support service in operation.
Wokingham CAB has thanked readers of The Wokingham Times for their fundraising efforts to keep the support service open this year, however it has been hit by another reduction in funding for 2012/13.
Last year The Wokingham Times backed a fundraising campaign in aid of the bureau to cover a funding shortfall in 2011/12.
John Ferguson, Wokingham CAB chief executive, said: “We are very grateful for all the effort The Wokingham Times put into helping us with fundraising last year.
“Our main grant from Wokingham Borough Council has remained static again for this year, meaning that we have experienced an effective drop in funding once again.”
The advice service, which offers consumer information and counselling to people in debt as well as offering legal support to those facing bankruptcy, received a grant of £172,000 from the council.
Mr Ferguson continued: “Fundraising is critical now. We have to look at raising in the region of £9,000 a year to break even, and last year we managed to do that.
“Although some funding has stood still, in practice the price of everything is going up, which means that over the last three years we have had a reduction of about 10 to 12 per cent in funding because what that money could buy before has been affected and we have to make that up with fundraising.”
A volunteer for CAB has completed a gruelling marathon to raise money for the centre.
Grant Duranti, a former law student who volunteered for the bureau as part of its project with The University of Reading, ran the Paris Marathon to raise vital funds.
Following his challenge on Sunday, April 15, he has raised around £1,000 for the charity in Market Place.
To help with fundraising, the bureau has launched a 100 Club open to staff, volunteers and friends of Wokingham CAB. There is a monthly draw, starting on Tuesday, May 1, where half of the money raised will go towards prize money.
Tickets are £12 for the year, covering 12 draws, and the maximum number of tickets to be held by one person is three.
To join the 100 Club or to find out more about fundraising for the bureau, call Mr Ferguson on (0118) 978 7258 or email email@example.com.
Clifton Ingram Solicitors is holding a free charity recital by a-muse, a six-piece group from Trinity College of Music, at Wokingham Town Hall in Market Place on Thursday, May 3, from 1pm to 2pm in aid of Wokingham CAB and Berkshire Search & Rescue Dogs.