East Dorset Citizens Advice is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a £5000 grant from the Dorset Community Foundation (DCF) Coronavirus Fund.

DCF launched the Dorset Coronavirus Community Appeal to support local charities and community groups who are at the frontline supporting vulnerable local residents affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

The grant will contribute to the recruitment and training of additional volunteer advisers who will be responsible for helping people who are suffering from mental health issues arising directly from the results of the pandemic.

East Dorset Citizens Advice has seen an increase in the number of clients who are experiencing a multiple set of problems, including financial difficulties, social and family breakdown and physical illness. These problems are often made worse when a person is living alone and these stressful situations are having a negative effect on people’s mental health and well-being.

Dorne Hardyman, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice East Dorset, said: “We are extremely grateful to DCF as this grant will make a big difference to the people of East Dorset.”

“We are an independent charity and rely upon grants, donations and fundraising to fund our services. This grant will enable us to provide valuable mental health advice and support as the long-term effects of this pandemic become more apparent.”

Grant Robson, Dorset Community Foundation Director, said: “With the help of our donors, we are delighted to have been able to support this great project and help this vital Dorset organisation to meet the increase in demand in these difficult times.”

The newly-recruited advisers will work remotely and support those seeking help through telephone or an online chatroom. Advisers will be supported with equipment such as laptops and headsets.

East Dorset Citizens Advice can be contacted on 01202 884738, or visit www.eastdorsetca.com for more information.

More information about Dorset Community Foundation can be found on their website www.dorsetcommunityfoundation.org

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