Citizens Advice volunteers celebrate landing jobs.
As Volunteers Week 2019 draws to a close, two local Citizens Advice Halton volunteers are celebrating after they landed paid jobs and hope they can inspire others to volunteer for the charity too.
Steph Wilson (Runcorn) and Glenda Pritchard (Widnes) have now been appointed as Money/Debt Advice Casework Assistants, supporting Citizens Advice Halton’s team of qualified Money Advisers with an ever increasing demand for debt advice.
Our fabulous volunteers, Steph and Glenda
Steph, a single parent with two young children, said:
“I’d previously only ever had experience of working in retail, but I took a career break to look after my children. But the longer I was unemployed the harder I found it. Volunteering at Citizens Advice Halton has really helped me with my confidence and made me a stronger character.
“I never thought I could work in a professional office environment but yet here I am and I am loving it. I am going to work hard and hopefully one day I too will become a qualified Money Advice caseworker.”
Glenda, a retired shop manager and grandparent, said:
“I took early retirement but I got bored being sat at home. Then one day, some two years ago, I saw an advert for volunteering at Citizens Advice Halton and applied to join the team. I had no prior experience of working in the advice sector but the training here was really good and there was no pressure. I enjoyed volunteering so much I used to come into the office every day, so it’s great to now be offered a paid job.
“I would definitely recommend volunteering at Citizens Advice Halton; you get to learn new skills and make new friends and importantly give something back to the community by helping people with problems.”
Hitesh Patel, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Halton added;
“We are all absolutely delighted for Glenda and Steph. Like all our volunteers, they have worked really hard and it’s great that we can help local people to get local jobs. Each year we help over 5,000 people and give advice on over 22,000 different issues, but demand for our services is growing and so we need to recruit and train up many more volunteers.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at Citizens Advice Halton should visit: https://haltoncab.org.uk/join-the-team/volunteering/