VOLUNTEERS have spoken about how working with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has helped them rebuild their lives.
The CAB, which has a branch in Anchor Springs, Littlehampton, is looking for volunteers to join its team in a number of roles.
These include advisers, administrators, receptionists, social policy co-ordinators, IT, media roles, fund-raising and publicity support.
The charity says volunteering can help people break into first jobs or get back into employment after a break from work.
At the branches of CAB in Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and Chichester, 84 per cent of staff are volunteers, without which it would be unable to perform its work.
The CAB has shared the experiences of those who have volunteered and changed their working lives as a result.
“I was a single mum who had not been in a working environment for some time,” said one volunteer .
“I had no career path, my confidence in my abilities was very low, and there was nothing of any use from the last eight years of my life to put on my CV.
“After approaching the bureau as a client and seeing an advertisement for helpers, I ended up applying to be a volunteer receptionist at the CAB. At my interview I was encouraged to apply for the role as an adviser and I have not looked back since.
“I gained my CAB certificate in generalist advice and this passported me onto a law course at college. I worked my way up at the bureau and am now employed by them full-time. I have since completed a law qualification. I love my work and now feel valuable and able to contribute something really worthwhile to society.”
For more information, visit www.littlehampton-cab.org.uk or call 0844 477 1171.
For the full report, read the December 5 edition of the Littlehampton Gazette.