Funding boost for CAB supporting people in contact with mental health services
Newtown-based Citizens Advice Powys has been awarded £25,000 to develop a project that will help support people with mental health problems in the town and wider communities.
The Martin Lewis Fund has awarded the money as part of £1m donated to the Citizens Advice Bureau charity nationally.
It will be used to develop a project offering advice on a range of subjects, including debt and welfare benefits to members of local health services via digital platforms, such as Skype.
Citizens Advice Powys will be able to share its learning, and potentially encourage other local Citizens Advice to launch similar projects so that more people across England and Wales benefit.
Muriel Ryan, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Powys, which is based at Ladywell House in Newtown, said: “We are delighted to receive this award through the Martin Lewis Fund. This grant gives us the opportunity to run a project we have already tested with clients and have recognised can benefit local people with mental health difficulties.”
Martin Lewis said: “Few realise Citizens Advice, which is at the bedrock of British society, is a charity not a government agency – a shame as the work it does is truly life saving. I’ve met many people who were suicidal over legal or money life challenges they couldn’t cope with, yet a visit to their local Citizens Advice put them on the path to dealing with it. As a huge fan of the organisation, I wanted to do something to help it pioneer new ways to reach out and improve people’s lives, and I’m excited to see where this takes us.”
Citizens Advice Powys is one of 25 local services across England and Wales to receive £25,000. The funding follows an initial award of £1,000 in September 2016 to test initial project ideas.
The funding comes from a £1 million donation from Martin Lewis to Citizens Advice across the UK in 2015.
Projects had to fit into categories including making people more digitally skilled, working closely with health and social care providers, and future opportunities for volunteers.
You can contact Citizens Advice Powys on 0345 601 8421 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am to 3pm.
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