A PLEA for vital volunteers has been issued by Arun and Chichester CAB.
The group is holding a recruitment day for advisers and assessors on Friday, October 10.
“At Arun and Chichester CAB, 72 per cent of people are volunteers,” said operations manager Ray Fowler.
“We simply wouldn’t be here for our clients without them so thank you to all our wonderful volunteers past and present.”
Advisers at CAB, which was founded 75 years ago in response to the breakout of the second world war, would do the following:
- Interview clients;
- Help clients negotiate with others;
- Draft letters and make phone calls on their behalf and
- Refer them to other agencies.
Anyone taking up an assessor role would:
- Greet clients and explain the gateway process;
- Explore the client’s problems;
- Assess the risk of the client’s issue and their ability to deal with the problem themselves;
- Identify the next step;
- Summarise the content of the interview for the client and explain what happens next.
Ray said the volunteering opportunities would be ideal for anyone unemployed or in further education, trying to get back into employment after a career break, or retired.
He said a report by CAB found volunteers boosted their employability and self-esteem.
Anyone interested in volunteering can attend the recruitment day from 10am-3pm on Friday, October 10, at the Littlehampton Advice Centre, 14/16 Anchor Springs, BN17 6BP.
Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.
Anyone seeking help from CAB can call the advice line on 0844 4771171, or visit one of the centres. The Bognor centre, at Town Hall, Clarence Road, is open 10am-4.30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10am-7pm on Wednesdays.
The Chichester centre, at Bell House, 6 Theatre Lane, is open 10am-4.30pm Monday to Friday.