Volunteer Week 2018 – Citizens Advice Halton thanks volunteers for making huge difference to people’s lives
Citizens Advice Halton is celebrating its volunteers who dedicate their time to solving people’s problems and making a difference to their lives.
Volunteers Week, which runs from 1-7 June, is themed volunteering for all and the charity wants to highlight the work of its team, which helps people in the community struggling with debt, housing, benefit and employment issues among other issues.
The 30 volunteers at Citizens Advice Halton give up over 200 hours each week and last year helped 4,500 local people and took on 5,800 cases.
The charity’s volunteers have played a crucial role ensuring people in Widnes and Runcorn get the advice and support they need to get on with their lives.
Citizens Advice offers a wide range of voluntary roles including fundraising, advisers, administrators and community events reps.
Former volunteer, now employed as a Project Coordinator and Employment Law caseworker, Fiona McKelvie said:
“I joined the CAB volunteer team 15 years ago and have loved every minute of it since. I get a real buzz out of helping people sort out problems that have been holding them back and the skills I’ve learned have really helped me develop confidence for my own career prospects.”
Hitesh Patel, Chief Executive at Citizens Advice Halton said:
“Our volunteers make a huge difference to people’s lives. They give up their free time to help people in their community, who may be going through problems, to get back on their feet. Volunteering is for everybody and it brings its own rewards. It’s a great way to meet people and learn skills. If you’d like to help people in your area and can spare a few hours, we’d love to hear from you.”
Nationally, 23,000 Citizens Advice volunteers help provide support in 2,900 locations across England and Wales – helping 2.7 million people every year.
Thanks to the contribution volunteers play in local Citizens Advice, 2 out of every 3 clients have their problem solved and 4 out of 5 say the advice received improved their lives.
If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Halton contact Chris Sutton (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 0151 257 2449 and leave a message) and he’ll get back to you within 48hrs for an informal chat.