As the cost-of-living crisis bites, Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck has seen a huge number of enquiries from local people struggling to stay on top of household bills.
Thanks to the tireless dedication of its volunteers and staff, Citizens Advice has continued to give essential advice and crisis support to help people find a way forward.
As part of Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1 to 7 June 2022, Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck wants to thank its volunteers for their exceptional contribution to the charity and local community.
51 volunteers at Citizens Advice East Dorset & Purbeck contribute 301 hours each week and in the past year, they have helped nearly 5000 people with over 16,000 problems, such as debt, housing, benefit and employment issues.
Carol, Volunteer Adviser at Citizens Advice East Dorset & Purbeck has volunteered for over three years. Carol said: “I decided to volunteer at Citizens Advice because I wanted to make use of my skills and help the community.”
“Knowing that you’ve helped an individual or a family to move forward with their lives is very rewarding. We have a great team of advisers which provide support and I love being part of this.”
Helen Goldsack, Chief Officer, Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck, said: “We have an incredible team of volunteers who freely give their time and skills to ensure local residents can get support in their time of need.”
“We are particularly proud of the immense dedication they’ve shown during the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, when demand for our help is so high. Their dedication and commitment knows no bounds. We simply couldn’t do it without them.”
“As a thank you, we are holding a picnic for everyone. It’s an opportunity for the staff and volunteers to get together and for us as an organisation to show our appreciation of their hard work and commitment.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck, visit www.edpcitizensadvice.org.uk or contact [email protected]. No experience is required, full training and support is provided for volunteer roles.
Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck is able to offer free advice and support on a range of different issues include, debt, benefits, employment, housing and relationships. Call the Dorset Adviceline on 0800 144 8848 or visit www.edpcitizensadvice.org.uk
For more information contact: Sian Smith, Comms Officer, [email protected]
About Citizens Advice in East Dorset and Purbeck
Citizens Advice in East Dorset and Purbeck have offices in Wareham and Wimborne with outreach clinics throughout East Dorset and Purbeck.
We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities to enable them to find a way forward whatever problems they face. We value diversity, promote equality, challenge discrimination wherever we see it and aim to improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives. Visit www.edpcitizensadvice.org.uk for more information.
Citizens Advice in East Dorset and Purbeck is a registered charity, charity number: 1068414