Citizens Advice launches campaign to expand services in Bude

Citizens Advice Cornwall is launching a campaign to recruit more volunteers in Bude to allow the charity to expand its services in the town.

The organisation currently holds sessions at Neetside Community Centre by appointment but wants to increase the number of days it operates.

Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, said: “The recent retirement of our volunteer advisers in the area has meant we haven’t been able to do as much as we’d like to serve the community in Bude and surrounding areas.

“Recruiting new volunteers is vital to helping us expand and meet the ever growing demand for our services.”

Citizens Advice offers free, independent and confidential advice to everyone, regardless of race, religion or income on a wide range of issues, such as debt, benefits, housing, discrimination, employment, family issues and consumer problems.

Volunteer advisers do not need previous experience but undergo thorough and comprehensive training and are backed by a professional team of supervisors.

Gill added: “We also have vacancies for volunteer administration staff, community researchers and trustees.

“We know people in North Cornwall face similar financial pressures to the rest of Cornwall so we are aware of the need for a full Citizens Advice service in the town.

“Our volunteers experience a great sense of achievement helping people find a way forward from their problems and satisfaction in helping the wellbeing of their community.”

Anyone interested in learning more about volunteering with Citizens Advice can contact the charity at volunteer@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk

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