by Greta Yeoman
South Canterbury’s Citizens Advice Bureau is desperate for volunteers, manager Suzanne Cullimore says.
She said the team was short of volunteer advisers, which had been particularly noticeable with people off on sick leave recently.
Because of this, the bureau would welcome any new volunteers.
The volunteers worked in pairs when helping clients, so no-one would be left on their own, Ms Cullimore said.
“They will not be chucked in at the deep end”.
She estimated a block of three hours a week would be all that was needed.
Volunteers would need to be kind and personable, able to talk to people over the phone or in person, maintain complete confidentiality and be able to use a computer to access information.
New people would be paired up with long-term volunteers and there was also training available.
The South Canterbury branch of Citizens Advice was made up of a “neat team of people” and it would provide volunteers with the sense they had done a good job and helped somebody, Ms Cullimore said.
“We just need people.”