Seaford: CAB calling for more volunteers

REINSTATING its hours following a £3,500 grant has led Seaford Citizens Advice Bureau to call for more volunteers.

The charity said it was delighted that Seaford Town Council had agreed the grant which has enabled the bureau to reinstate all-day opening on Fridays and extend the Tuesday service to receive drop-in callers as well as give telephone advice.

CAB district manager Jackie Wilkes said, “Whilst I am delighted with this outcome, we really need to recruit some new advisers especially at the Seaford Bureau, as some of our volunteers went on to other things when we were forced to reduce our opening times.

“I would like to encourage people who may be interested in training but who aren’t sure whether they have the appropriate skills to pick up the phone as the rewards of being a CAB adviser are well worth the time it takes to train.”

The CAB cut some of its hours due to funding reasons earlier this year but after the recent financial boost volunteers are being sought.

To become a CAB adviser you do not need any previous qualifications, skills or experience, just an open mind and a desire to help people, basic computer skills and six free hours a week.

Full training is provided and advisers don’t need to know it all as the information is available on the bureau’s electronic information system and in standard reference books.

Councillor Ian White, leader of Seaford Town Council, added, “Seaford Town Council is pleased to support the CAB and has shown this by increasing its grant this year.  

“The council supports the CAB’s efforts to recruit more volunteers and hopes that they will be successful, to enable them to continue their valued work.”

If you are interested in training to become an adviser at Seaford or Lewes CAB, please phone Sarah on 896209 (Seaford) or Sally on 01273 473082 (Lewes) for an informal chat.