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Citizens Advice Stevenage thanks volunteers for making huge difference to people's lives
Citizens Advice Stevenage is celebrating its volunteers who dedicate their time to solving people’s problems and making a difference to their lives.Volunteers Week, which runs from 1-7 June, is themed volunteering for all and the charity wants to highlight the work of its team, which helps people in the community struggling with debt, housing, benefit and employment issues among other issues.

Almost 80 volunteers at Stevenage Citizens Advice give up 330 each week and last year helped more than 5500 people with more than 29,000 problems.The charity’s volunteers have played a crucial role ensuring people in Stevenage get the advice and support they need to get on with their lives.Citizens Advice offers a wide range of voluntary roles including fundraising, advisers, administrators and trustees.

Ryann Hansen, started volunteering at Citizens Advice Stevenage while he was studying at university. He said: “I really feel like my role makes a difference, by helping people sort out problems that have been holding them back and the skills I’ve learned have really helped me develop confidence for my own career prospects.”

Nina Villa, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Advice Stevenage said: “Our fantastic volunteers make a huge difference to people’s lives. They give up their free time to help people in their community, who may be going through problems, to get back on their feet. Volunteering is for everybody and it brings its own rewards. It’s a great way to meet people and learn skills. If you’d like to help people in your area and can spare a few hours, we’d love to hear from you.”

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

Thanks to the contribution volunteers play in local Citizens Advice, 2 out of every 3 clients have their problem solved and 4 out of 5 say the advice received improved their lives. If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Stevenage get in touch on 01438 344238 and leave a message for Stacey or visit our website www.stevenagecab.org.uk/joinus