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Explore volunteering with us during Student Volunteering Week

Citizens Advice Rushmoor is appealing to students to join its ranks of volunteers and gain valuable experience.

This week, 11 – 19 February, is Student Volunteering Week, an annual event that celebrates the contribution of student volunteers and shows people interested in volunteering what they could gain by signing up.

Citizens Advice Rushmoor is already supported by 16 students with a background in Law, sociology, media, psychology and want to encourage more students from all backgrounds and subject areas to get involved.

Last year, Citizens Advice was supported by 22,000 volunteers, who helped 2.6 million people face to face, over the phone, by email and web chat.

Locally Citizens Advice Rushmoor volunteers helped 22,974 people in 2017/18 with problems around benefits, debt, housing, employment and more. The main issue that people came to citizen’s advice for help was regarding Finance and Capability, pension wise led to 7,025 people being helped.

Volunteers give face-to-face, telephone, digital chat and messaging advice, as well as providing digital assistance, money management skills and information to people who need help and campaigning for change about the issues that most affect the people we assist.

Our volunteers have a range of skills and experience and are of a range of ages and backgrounds.

Citizens Advice Rushmoor Chief Officer, Alex Hughes said: “Volunteers are crucial and we simply couldn’t function without their time and dedication.  Our student volunteers are a real asset to the service, and they get a lot out of working with us too.  Some have used their volunteering to complete important pieces of research or undertake projects, which give something concrete to show for the future

“Volunteering is also a chance to pick up essential experience in teamwork, communication and project management, plus skills for specific careers, for example, in law or social policy.

“As well as boosting your CV, volunteering with Citizens Advice gives you the chance to help give back to your local community and make a real, positive impact on the lives of people who seek advice.

“As demand for our service continues to grow, we need more volunteers than ever to make sure that our clients get the help that they need.”

If you would like to volunteer with Citizens Advice Rushmoor, then see the section on our website front page, or drop into your local office in Aldershot or Farnborough – or contact us on 01252 894296.