IF YOU have been thinking about volunteering with the Citizens Advice Bureau, then the message is there has never been a better time to come forward.
The service has issued an urgent appeal to anyone willing to spare a few hours a week in the Forfar office.
George Allan said: “This is a busy time for the Citizens Advice Bureau service - the numbers of people coming into ask for advice is overwhelming.
“One look at the waiting rooms will show you that we are under pressure to meet the needs of our community.
“Debt, benefits, housing and employment issues are among the main type of cases we deal with. Instances of all of these have increased dramatically here in the last year.
“Your community needs you - volunteering with us will help you gain or maintain skills, improve your employability and simply, gives an opportunity to be part of a team that helps others.
“We need people who can spare a minimum of six hours per week, who have a natural curiosity and the determination to research and find the correct information to help others.
“We need advisers to work in the Bureau and in Partner organisations or publicise the CAB – full training will be provided. So my message to anyone who has ever considered voluntary work is that the CAB is a great place to start - and there has never been a better time than right now.”
“Your community needs you – if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Arbroath CAB on 01241 870661 or Forfar CAB on 01307 467096. Group Training is planned for mid-September 2012.”