A major fundraising campaign is being launched to expand a service for people with mental health problems.
Dorchester, Sherborne and Districts CAB needs to raise £24,000 to expand its current mental health project and to fund a home visitor for people who can visit the offices in either town.
The first event is an antiques evening on Friday, 6th June with Dorchester auctioneers Duke’s expert Matthew Denney.
Organisers are urging people to take along an object for Mr Denney to value and talk about when he speaks on the subject of antiques and collecting.
The Bureau revealed earlier this year that the Sherborne-based mental health project was at capacity and more money would be needed to expand it in Dorchester where there was also a need for expert, independent and free advice.
Bureau manager Daniel Cadisch said the CAB was a charity that depended on grants, donations and fundraising.
More money would be necessary to expand the project which is already helping around 100 clients a year in the Sherborne area and has helped them obtain more than £800,000 in financial gains such as unclaimed benefits.
Mr Cadisch said that with one in four people facing mental health problems at some stage in their life, the service offered by the CAB was vital.
The Bureau also aimed to fund a home visiting specialist to help people unable to attend the offices due to disability, illness or lack of transport.
The Bureau’s workload increased 24 per cent in the last year.
Advice on problems including debt, benefits, husing and employment issues was delivered by 101 trained volunteers and 24 paid staff, many part time.
The antiques evening at the Town Hall in Dorchester will be opened by the town’s new mayor, Peter Mann - a CAB trustee.
Matthew Denney has been with Duke’s for 12 years. He specialises in 20th century design of the arts and crafts movement and has taught history of art and valuation practice.
Tickets, priced £10, are available at the Sherborne and Dorchester Tourist Information Centres, the Walnut Grove in Durngate Street, Dorchester and at the Dorchester Oxfam shop as well as the CAB offices in Newland, Sherborne and Acland Road, Dorchester.
Drinks and canapes will be served.