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Newtown charity helps nearly 8,000 people

Created on 30/05/2017 @ 13:21
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Nearly 8,000 people have been helped by a Newtown-based charity in the past year, it has emerged on the eve of Volunteer’s Week.

Citizens Advice Powys, which is based at Ladywell House, is marking the week by thanking its volunteers and urging others to come forward to offer their help.

It says its volunteers give up to 90 hours a week to help people with a range of help and advice “and making a difference to their lives.”

In the last year, Citizens Advice Powys has helped 7,934 of people with 22,718 of problems, from housing and debt issues to benefits and employment rights.  

Muriel Ryan, County Manager at Citizens Advice Powys said: “Thanks to our amazing volunteers we are able to continue making a huge difference to people’s lives.  

“Our volunteers give up their time for free to help people who may be going through problems to get back on their feet. 

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

“If you can spare a few hours each week, we’d love to hear from you.” 

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

Citizens Advice offers a wide range of voluntary roles – from advisers to administrators and trustees. 

One of our volunteers, hasn’t been in employment for six years; she took a career break to bring up her family. Claire commented “Since starting volunteering I feel more confident in dealing with people, my communication skills have greatly improved and I have learnt how to use databases and other IT software” “I have been made to feel welcome as part of the team and I’ve gained valuable experience that I don’t think I could not have achieved otherwise”.

Nationally Citizens Advice relies on 23,000 volunteers who help provide support in 2,900 locations across England and Wales - helping 2.7 million people every year. 

Thanks to contribution volunteers play in local Citizens Advice, two out of every three clients have their problem solved and four out of five say the advice received improved their lives.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Powys contact 01686 628963.

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