Lottery Win for Advice in Waveney
December 2013 – North East Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau (NESCAB), a leading independent charity in Waveney, was delighted to announce it had secured £350,000 from the Big Lottery Advice Services Transition Fund at an event held recently. The money will be used to further secure and build on the advice services which the CAB have provided in Waveney since 1965 and create a new project, The Waveney Advice Services Partnership (‘WASP’), that will bring together DIAL, Access Community Trust and NESCAB in a partnership which will revolutionise advice giving and support across the local district.
Commenting on the news, Janet John, Chief Executive of NESCAB said, “The money will be used to transform advice services and secure their long term future. While retaining the Partners’ core services of general advice, specialist debt and benefits advice, dedicated advice for people with disabilities and their carers, and support for people looking to improve their employment prospects, the WASP Project will develop new and innovative ways for people to access advice and information closer to home. It will also equip people with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the challenges of under employment, rising energy costs, and benefit changes such as the introduction of Universal Credit.
“Working with our partners, DIAL (Lowestoft and Waveney) and Access Community Trust, we will be taking advice to where people are such as Children’s Centres, Doctors’ Surgeries and Village Halls, providing remote access via e-mail and web links and to extending services to people in their own homes,” she added. “We are also looking to organise ‘pop-up advice’ events and would welcome enquiries from any organisation who thinks such an event would benefit their local community.”
The partnership will enable not-for-profit, public and private sector organisations to work seamlessly together to ensure that people from all walks of life get the help they need when and where they need it. The added bonus of the funding is that existing posts have been secured and four new jobs have been created across the partnership.