Advice bureau’s appeal for help

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Citizens Advice 1066 is appealing for people to make a difference to their local community by becoming a volunteer.

Citizens Advice helps local residents with some of the most pressing issues they face, from coping with debt to dealing with problems with housing, benefit entitlement, employment and relationship breakdown.

Last year, Citizens Advice 1066 helped 5,160 people across Hastings and Rother to find solutions to 13,741 problems. The service is completely confidential, impartial and free and charge.

With welfare reforms and cuts to public services, the bureau is facing ever increasing demands on its time and so relies heavily on its team of volunteers. The bureau accepts people from all walks of life and offers high quality training in return for just one day’s work a week. Many of the volunteers have used their time with the bureau to get a paid job, while others simply come along for the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile with their spare time.

Citizens Advice 1066 urgently needs new volunteers to assess and deal with a client’s problem, provide administrative support or join the board of trustees.

Volunteers are expected to commit to one day a week, either as a whole day or two half days, or four hours a week if they wish to become a trustee.

The bureau welcomes students looking for work experience, people who are unemployed and looking to renew their skills and update their CV or people who are retired and seeking new interests with their free time.

Dina Christodoulou, chief executive of Citizens Advice 1066, said, “Volunteering for Citizens Advice 1066 will give you excellent training, invaluable work experience and a chance to be part of a motivated team.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, drop an email to recruitment@citizensadvice1066.co.uk. Alternatively, you can write to Citizens Advice 1066 at the Advice and Community Hub, Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, TN37 6AN.

People can obtain advice or submit an enquiry online to Citizens Advice 1066 by visiting HYPERLINK “http://www.citizensadvice1066.co.uk” www.citizensadvice1066.co.uk and following the links ‘Adviceguide’ and ‘Online Advice’. For those needing face-to-face help, the bureau offers drop-in interviews available between 9am-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9am-12.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Telephone advice is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-4pm on 01424 721420.