Each year Citizens Advice South Hams helps thousands of local people with the problems they are facing. The local charity is a member of the national Citizens Advice service and its charitable mission is give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. As a national organisation the service celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.
There are 285 local Citizens Advice charities in England and Wales that run independently of each other and who come together to campaign on social policy issues when clients voices need to be heard. Recent campaigns are around Universal Credit; bailiffs acting unlawfully; private rental accommodation being unfit to live in as well as a scams awareness.
The local South Hams charity has 60 volunteers and 6 trustees. The role of a trustee is a voluntary one and anyone joining the team would work with the other trustees to guide and support the charity’s development and future direction. Current trustees outlined their reasons for volunteering which included, wanting to “Keep my ‘professional-self’ alive as I move into retirement”, “To contribute to my local community,” and, “To find out what’s going on, and really get involved in something local.”
Janie Moor CEO of Citizens Advice South Hams said “We are a small independent, charity that offers free, independent and impartial advice to anyone who asks. We help thousands of local residents each year, on the phone, face to face and via email, often with multiple problems. Because of our national links we have strength in bringing about change with decision makers both regionally and nationally.
We would like to talk to anyone of any age who feels they have something to offer, either in terms of experience or skills and wants to be part of what we do. They don’t have to be captains of industry, they may come from the voluntary sector or someone we have previously helped who now wants to give back to the community they live in. The best trustee boards are diverse in both their experience and backgrounds”.
More information can be found on southhamscab.org.uk/about-us
Anyone interested should initially contact Janie on email@example.com to arrange an informal chat.