Citizens Advice celebrates inspirational volunteers

09 May 2017

 

Citizen’s Advice Bedford is celebrating the inspirational volunteers who dedicate their time to solving people’s problems and making a difference to their lives.

 

To mark Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), the charity is shining a spotlight on the remarkable contribution of its team of 61 volunteers who give up at least 366 hours in total each week to help people find a way forward.

In the last year, Citizens Advice Bedford has helped 8700 of people with 16,649 of problems, from housing and debt issues to benefits and employment rights. 

The charity’s volunteers have played a crucial role ensuring people in Bedford get the advice and support they need to get on with their lives.

Citizens Advice offers a wide range of voluntary roles - from IT support and advisers to administrators and trustees.

Sarah Rogers, 44, started volunteering at Citizen’s Advice Bedford in August 2016, whilst on a career break. 

“The wide variety of queries we get in person, on the phone or by email, means that every day is different. I have learned a great deal about the issues that people in our community face, and get a buzz out of helping people help themselves to sort out problems.  Volunteering at CAB has enabled me to use my existing skills and experience, whilst at the same time expanding my knowledge.”

Angela Stammers, Training and Recruitment Manager at Citizens Advice Bedford

“Thanks to our amazing volunteers we are able to continue making a huge difference to people’s lives. 

“Our volunteers give up their time for free to help people who may be going through problems to get back on their feet.

“Volunteering also brings its own rewards and is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.

“If you can spare a few hours each week, we’d love to hear from you.”

Nationally Citizens Advice relies on 23,000 volunteers who help provide support in 2,900 locations across England and Wales - helping 2.7 million people every year.

Thanks to contribution volunteers play in local Citizens Advice, two out of every three clients have their problem solved and four out of five say the advice received improved their lives.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Bedford contact Angela Stammers, Training and Recruitment Manager   angela@bedfordcab.org.uk, 01234 346543:07496676883

 

For more information contact:

Tel: 01234 346543:07496676883

Email  angela@bedfordcab.org.uk,

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