TAUNTON Citizens Advice Bureau is holding a volunteer information morning on Wednesday, August 13, at 10am at St Mary’s House, Magdalene Street, Taunton.
They can give you 10 good reasons to go along to find out more.
1. Make a difference. It can be incredibly rewarding to contribute something non-financial to a cause you care about.
2. Boost your confidence. Trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then can do wonders for your confidence levels.
3. Do something interesting. Don’t let your spare time trickle away – fill it doing something interesting and challenging.
4. Meet new people. Tired of doing the same things with the same group of friends? Widen your circle and horizons by meeting people you might not normally.
5. Improve your prospects. Having volunteering on your CV demonstrates that you’re someone with initiative and a rounded life. Nearly one third of the volunteers who leave the service each year go on into paid work.
6. Get to know your community. Whether you’ve lived in a town for 20 years or have just moved there as a student, you’ll develop a great feel for the people and the place at a CAB.
7. Put your talents to use. Use it or lose it! Got the gift of languages? Volunteer as an interpreter. A flair for design? Create reception displays. The possibilities are endless.
8. Enjoy free training CAB trainee advisers can gain a national QCF Legal Advice qualification through their training, and other skills like PR, campaigning and administration can be learnt on the job in a supportive environment.
9. Gain office-based work experience. Get ahead of the competition for jobs and university places with some real life experience. Law students, for example, can knock 6 months off their training contract by volunteering as an adviser.
10. We need you!
A spokeswoman said: "A total of 75% of the people who work in the Citizens Advice service are volunteers, and we simply wouldn’t be here for our clients without them."