Christmas Fair and Fashion Show aims to raise funds for local volunteer service

Friday, 20 November 2015

151120- Website - Christmas Fair And Fashion ShowArt & Design students from Seevic College and The Rotary Club of Hadleigh Castle have joined together in partnership to host a Christmas Fair and Fashion Show raising money for the Castle Point Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) charity.  

The event will take place on Wednesday 25 November, from 6.30-9pm, at the College, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, raising much needed funds for a charity described as: ‘The backbone of our community’.

The College's restaurant will be opened up to the public to explore the Christmas Market comprising festive gifts, hand crafted items and beauty essentials.

Admission for the night is only £2, which we are sure you will agree is very good value when you consider you will be able to get all your Christmas presents in one place.  

During the evening local clothing and jewellery stores, along with garments and products produced by Seevic’s own textile and visual design students, will be modelled by Seevic students in our fantastic event hosting space ‘The Hub’.

A lot of people only hear about the CAB when they find themselves in difficulties and because of this fact they are not in a position to contribute towards the charities costs. CAB help mostly with advice and have solicitors and other professionals who give their time for free to advise and help people in need.

They offer the public legal and moral advice on any issue that a person may face in their lifetime, along with the consequences of the choices they may make around their issues.

From benefit and debt issues to family disputes and divorce, they can offer advice and comfort. They also work as a campaigning company, alongside court and tribunal work for individuals.

The CAB also offer a voice to people who may not normally be articulated, particularly their Homeless Project which has seen a vast improvement in the number of homeless in the last three years.

Most people who come to the CAB are seen by one of the team of trained volunteer advice workers who are in turn assisted by support staff.

These dedicated volunteers give nearly 270 hours of their time a week - equivalent to five full-time paid staff. Additional other costs to provide the service include office space, electricity, stationery and telephones – all of which require fundraising support.

The Castle Point CAB is also seeing a decline in volunteers applying, along with fewer donations coming in. The cost to train a new volunteer is just under £3,000, the costs of which all new donations received will be going towards.

Despite this cost, they are always looking for new, long or short term volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

Maryse Iles, former Mayor of Castle Point, has organised the fundraising event alongside students at the College.

She said: “I believe that this charity is the backbone of our community. It is there to help anyone that needs help and support regardless of their circumstances.”

Tickets for the event will be available on the door – there is no need to book in advance. 

Press release and reporting by Seevic College Art & Design students: George Watkins, 18, Lucy Spendlove, 18 and Hannah Barford, 18. 


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