In April 2017 the Town Council was delighted to announce it had chosen its first ever Charity of the Year: Citizens Advice East Devon (CAED). On doing so, it committed to helping raise awareness of and support for CAED’s work during the year of partnership. CAED carries out invaluable work and provides a resource which has perhaps never been more needed. A local charity, dependent on grants and donations, it provides face to face support in 7 different locations across East Devon – including Cranbrook – often to those who are the most vulnerable.
Their advice is free, confidential, impartial and independent and they aim to help people whatever their problem might be. CAED’s trained advisers can help with a wide variety of issues including benefits, work, debt, money, relationships and housing and they provide fortnightly drop in surgeries at Cranbrook (currently on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month in the Library/Computer Suite at the Younghayes Centre, between 9.30am and 3.30pm).
How we are helping:
In addition to awareness raising and grant funding throughout the year, in August we held a Charity Treasure Trail starting at the Younghayes Centre and finishing at the Cranberry Farm, to raise funds for CAED. The weather could have been better but it was a great day!
And our thanks to Active Mums Cranbrook who in October 2017 also did some fundraising for our Charity of the Year!
How you can help:
Volunteering: Could you consider becoming a CAED volunteer? They are looking for people of all ages and at all stages of life to help in a variety of roles and just a few hours a week could make a real difference to what they can offer those in need of help. If you are interested please visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ (or ask us to put you in touch).
Donating: Citizens Advice receives no government funding and all its advice is given free of charge. If you have benefitted from help in the past or have a heart for those finding themselves in difficulty and needing support you could consider making a donation towards their valuable work by visiting https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/ (or ask us to put you in touch).