Our relationships enhance Citizens Advice Bedford and directly or indirectly contribute to the services we deliver for our clients.
We work with a trusted, select group of partners ensuring that relationships are mutually beneficial, allowing us to anticipate and prepare for future challenges that are over the horizon.
Our combined expertise leverages the extensive experience and proven track record of partnerships required to create services which meet the needs of our organisation and clients.
The Harpur Trust inspires and supports people in the borough of Bedford to improve their lives focussing on education, creating opportunity and breaking down barriers. The Harpur Trust provides a grant to Citizens.
Advice Bedford for the provision of complex benefit advice. Through increasing income, particularly that of the most vulnerable residents, increased opportunity is also achieved, improving life chances.harpurtrust.org.uk
The Money & Pension service (MaPS) provides funding for contractual services delivered in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. In addition, MaPS provide expert support and contractual management. The advice provided is specialised financial and debt support, and will include full assessment of income and outgoings, budgeting support and invoking formal debt mechanisms if needed, as well as negotiating with creditors to achieve manageable payment plans where possible. All of our money advice services are regulated by the FCA.
CAB works extremely closely with Bedford Borough Council and the office of the elected Mayor of Bedford to ensurr that the citizens of the Borough have access to the advice they need for the problems they face. The assistance Bedford Council provides starts with a contract for 1st line advice services, in addition to providing resources for a welfare benefit casework capability and a homelessness prevention specialist. In addition we also have funding for two years for an energy advice specialist. The House of Industry charity is run by the Borough which provides additional resources for housing and debt services.bedford.gov.uk
Citizens Advice Bedford provides foodbank vouchers which clients can then redeem at Bedford Foodbank. CAB is well places to deliver this service due to the high footfall of low-income clients and those going through a crisis we see. Bedford Foodbank provides three days’ worth of nutritionally balanced emergency food, supported by the Trussel Trust working to combat poverty and hunger. We have an adviser who works directly with Foodbank clients to identify any immediate crises and discuss long term sustainability with clients, again offering our full range of services to optimise income, minimise outgoings and addressing long term reliance on the Foodbank service.bedford.foodbank.org.uk/about
The organisations in the graphic represent a cohort of subscribers to CAB's bespoke Benefit Advice Service which is delivered across England & Wales. CAB is one of the few local citizens advice to have a country wide reach, working in partnership with large national organisations to help their clients with their benefit issues.