Why Do I Volunteer?

“Why do I volunteer with Ipswich Citizens Advice? I am really pleased that I can be part of an organisation that I feel passionate about. Information is power and as an adviser I am able to make sure more people have that power. And of course the real reason is because I enjoy it. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy myself. The people here are great.”

To mark Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), Ipswich Citizens Advice is shining a spotlight on the remarkable contribution of its team of 56 volunteers who give up 1,000 hours each month to help people find a way forward.

In the year 2016 to 2017, Ipswich Citizens Advice helped 8,009 people with 17,039 problems, from housing and debt issues to benefits and employment rights. This involved some 9,904 volunteer hours.

The charity’s volunteers play a crucial role ensuring people in Ipswich get the advice and support they need to get on with their lives.

Nicky Willshere Manager at Ipswich Citizens Advice said;

“We asked some of our volunteers what keeps them coming in and what they felt they got back from the experience. For some it was the boost to their confidence;”

“I like volunteering as it has given me the opportunity to do something I am good at and realise that I am.”

“I don’t want to blow my own trumpet, but volunteering with citizens advice has confirmed to me that I am really good at this. That’s a great feeling.”

“I find my admin volunteering work good as the people I work with are very appreciative of what I do.”

Nicky explained;

“This isn’t just a lovely thing for the individual but can be a huge influence for change. In fact the majority of our volunteers leave us for paid employment, a fact we are extremely proud of.”

Nicky added;

“Volunteering also brings its own rewards and is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills.

“Volunteering with Ipswich Citizens Advice keeps me engaged with what is current in our community and the country as a whole.”

“There’s an element of giving and learning. Every day I go away having learnt something new.”

Nicky concluded;

”Citizens Advice offers a wide range of voluntary roles – from IT support and advisers to administrators and trustees. So we are also extremely happy to welcome those who are retired and looking for a new challenge or just a change.”

“On retirement it was a chance to contribute something that is in line with my own aspirations – now I work with like-minded people.”

“Volunteering with Ipswich CAB keeps my grey matter ticking over.”

Ipswich Citizens Advice is currently recruiting in a number of roles from reception to adviser. If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Ipswich Citizens Advice contact Nelleke van Helfteren, Deputy Manager, Ipswich Citizens Advice on 01473 219772 or via this web site

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