Bridport and District Citizens Advice is an independent charity. We have our own Trustees and management team. We are fully independent, self-governing, and self-funding. However, we are also part of the Citizens Advice national network. We provide confidential, impartial, and independent advice to anyone living in the Bridport and District area.
We provide free, confidential, independent advice on a wide range of topics including Benefits, debt, housing, employment, relationship breakdown and family issues, consumer immigration, health, and court issues.
Our work meets the Advice Quality Standard for General Help and Welfare Benefits casework. The Advice Quality Standard is the quality mark for organisations that provide advice to the public on social welfare issues.
Chief Officer: Rovarn Wickremasinghe
Advice Services Manager: Martin Wood
We also employ an administrator, a specialist benefits adviser and various project workers
Tony Rogers (Chair)
Colin McReavie (Treasurer)
Richard Jones (Company Secretary)
Cllr Stan Williams
Our team of 70 hardworking and dedicated volunteers deliver most of our services. Our volunteer advisers are trained to the highest standard and they all receive ongoing learning and support to ensure their knowledge remains up to date. They are impartial, and non-judgemental in their approach and can advise on a wide range of topics and you can rely on them keeping your problem completely confidential within our service.
We are always grateful to our volunteers but when lockdown restrictions were because of Covid-19 almost everyone, adjusted their way of working and took on new challenges by delivering the service remotely by telephone, email and webchat. Our service was only out of action for a short time while we This means that although the office door is closed for the time being, the way in to accessing expert advice remains wide open.
A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers.
We are an independent charity dependent on grants and donations received from several sources.
We receive financial support from Dorset Council, our Town and Parish councils.. We also receive income from business and charitable trusts and funds and donations from members of the public.
We are grateful to everyone who supports us financially. If you would like to make a secure donation to help our work, click the Donate button on our home page.
You can read more about our service and our finances in our Annual Report. (link)