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Citizens Advice helps people in Northern Ireland solve problems

We help people resolve their consumer, legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers.

Citizens Advice is the largest advice charity in Northern Ireland working against poverty. In the past year, our offices handled over 330,000 enquiries and dealt with 95,000 clients directly. In the same period, 320,000 people used our online self-help service accessing over 2.7 million information items relating to Northern Ireland law, practice and services. The service is delivered through an unrivalled network of 29 frontline offices across Northern Ireland and from over 100 other outlets.

Citizens Advice works in partnership with a number of statutory, voluntary and private organisations on a range of programmes, including the Macmillan Citizens Advice Welfare Project, Pension Wise and our Debt Advice Service.

Citizens Advice Northern Ireland has close links to Citizens Advice in England and Wales and Scotland. We also work in partnership with the Citizens Information Board in the Republic of Ireland to provide cross border advice, including the Border People Project.

Why support Citizens Advice?

The demand for our services in Northern Ireland is increasing, and it is likely to continue to do so. Our clients face increasingly complex problems due to the effects of benefit changes, squeezing of household budgets and reductions in working hours on our clients during the current economic crisis. This is making our work more complex and more vital than ever.

By working in partnership with Citizens Advice your company can help to improve the availability of our services while enjoying the commercial benefits of aligning with a highly respected and trusted charity as well as offering structured volunteering opportunities to staff.

Matrix of Membership benefits relating to the Citizens Advice Membership Schemes

 

Associate Member (£295)

Corporate Member (£750)

Corporate Patron (£1,500)

Corporate Benefactor (£5,000)

Membership Certificate

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

eCAB quarterly e-zine

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Staff volunteering opportunities

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Invitation to Citizens Advice AGM

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

"We support Citizens Advice" electronic logo

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Citizens Advice Corporate Member web pages

Listing

50 words

100 words & company Logo

200 words, company logo & image

Discount on bespoke advice services

10%

15%

20%

25%

Discount on corporate promotional stands at AGM

10%

15%

20%

25%

Discount on in-work benefits training for staff

10%

15%

20%

25%

Behind the scenes at Citizens Advice tour

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Members Breakfast Briefing with Citizens Advice CEO

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Listing as a funder in the Citizens Advice Annual report

No

No

No

Yes

What we can offer you?

There are many ways in which your company can work with us, including funding a specific aspect of our work, employee engagement, events, sponsorship, volunteering, gifts in kind and support for specific Bureaux. Here are some examples of how your company can help support Citizens Advice:

Support Citizens Advice Legal Support

The Social Security system is governed by a labyrinth of case law and legislation. In light of welfare reform changes, navigating the system is set to become even more complex and appeals numbers are set to intensify. Statistics show clients are more than twice as likely to succeed at a Social Security Appeal with representation, yet 3 in 5 in Northern Ireland still take place without representation. Help Citizens Advice change this.

Train a volunteer/law graduate to become an accredited tribunal representative.

£450

Sponsor legal support officer to provide legal support to tribunal representatives & consider appeals to Commissioner/ higher courts (1 day per week for 3 months).

£1500

Provide legal support to tribunal representatives & consider appeals to Commissioner/ higher courts (1 day per week for 6 months).

£2500

Support Citizens Advice Volunteers to deliver advice in local communities

Over 240 volunteers generously give their time every week to help people in need in their community by volunteering with Citizens Advice. Our Volunteers fulfil a wide range of essential roles as advisers, receptionists, fundraisers and IT assistants.

Training a CAB volunteer to become a qualified Adviser (23 days training: (14 days on Adviser Training Programme and 9 days on Enhanced Foundation Money Advice).

£1350

Support Citizens Advice to train frontline advice staff

Citizens Advice training provides innovative and interactive training which supports our Network and other advice/information providers in delivering best practice advice and guidance to their local communities.

E-learning webinars/modules (per module).

£500

Governance/Management training for one bureau or new trustees.

£1000

Advice Training Programme for 16 participants.

£6000

Laptop suite for training room so trainees can practice on CAB Advice systems.

£8000

Support Citizens Advice digital capacity

Citizens Advice support an increasingly complex systems architecture over 16 members managed to ISO27001 standard as well as an increasing variety of platforms such as webchat, text advice and e-learning.

Additional E-learning modules for advisor to extend scope of advice they can provide.

£295

Supply the IT equipment for an outreach Advice worker.

£750

Cover the Telephony costs for a telephone adviser for 1 year.

£1500

Allow the creation of App linked to web site to allow access to FAQ, key topic updates to advisors.

£5000

Part-time Digital Information Officer to publish content on our online Adviceguide system for 1 year.

£14000

Citizens Advice offers a Corporate Membership Support Package that includes:

  • Certificate to display your membership.
  • Behind the scenes at Citizens Advice - visitor passes to your local bureau for staff/customers/suppliers to see a vital community resource and find out about the work you are supporting.
  • Promotion on the Citizens Advice Corporate Member web pages - The level of visibility ranges from a listing to a testimonial, based on the level of your membership.
  • Staff volunteering opportunities and team challenges - fundraising, publicity for campaign work - a great way to improve morale and team building.
  • Discount on bespoke advice services for staff at your business premises for both 1 to 1 and group clinics on benefits, debts, as well as a wide range other advice topics.
  • Listing as a funder in the Citizens Advice Annual report. Your company will also receive a complimentary copy of the report.
  • Invitation to Citizens Advice AGM and discount on corporate promotional stands at Citizens Advice AGM and other corporate events.
  • "We support Citizens Advice" electronic logo for use in Corporate branding (website and corporate social responsibility material)
  • Networking opportunity at Members Breakfast Briefing with Citizens Advice CEO.
  • Discount on selected Citizens Advice Training courses.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about our work with companies, and what we could do for yours contact our Corporate Membership Team on 028 9023 1120.

Northern Ireland Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
46 Donegall Pass
Belfast
BT7 1BS