Rise in families in crisis who need your help

Spalding CAB volunteers Christine Gratton, Jule Lyon, Mandy North and Alison Clarke need your help. SG310715-100TW
Spalding CAB volunteers Christine Gratton, Jule Lyon, Mandy North and Alison Clarke need your help. SG310715-100TW
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A sharp rise in the number of families in crisis after the government welfare reforms has resulted in South Holland Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) making an urgent appeal for more volunteers.

Residents have been seeking help following cuts to benefits and changes to leagal aid availabilty, as well as offering debt and money advice, working closely with the local food bank to support hardship cases and giving support to the Migrant Workers’ Helpline.

For a young person, volunteering with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau means, training, character building and a chance to give something back

Coun Jack McClean

The scale of the crisis has resulted in Couns Chris Brewis and Jack McLean launching a local campaign to promote the service, which will run alongside a CAB recruitment day being held next week.

They will be also distributing a newsletter to residents in their wards and using social media and local websites, such as SpaldingLinks.

Coun Brewis said: “Over the years a number of you will have been to Citizens Advice for help with a problem or a question which is always treated in confidence. The CAB will be delighted to hear from you as new, trained advisers are urgently needed.”

Part of the campaign to recruit new volunteers is to help get young people involved. Coun McLean said: “For a young person, volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau means training, character building and a chance to give something back.”

The CAB provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice, as well as specialist services in welfare benefits and money advice delivered by part-time, specially trained staff.

A comprehensive training programme is in place for client assessors and advisers who can offer six hours or more each week, based at the Priory Road office in Spalding. Sessions also take place at Holbeach, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge.

Vacancies also exist for receptionists and information assistants to help with the increasing workload.

The volunteer event is at Spalding’s Priory Road bureau, on Tuesday, August 11, from 1pm to 3pm. To book an appointment, call 01775 766668.