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Credit crunch leads to volunteer appeal

THE borough’s Citizen’s Advice Bureaus are calling for more volunteers to help deal with a surge in visitors.

THE borough’s Citizen’s Advice Bureaus are calling for more volunteers to help deal with a surge in visitors.

Last week, the Solihull News highlighted the growing number of people who are going to their local bureau for help and information. With the country in the grip of recession, more and more people are asking for advice about debts and unemployment. To deal with this increase in demand, Solihull, Shirley and Chelmsley Wood bureau are calling for more volunteers.

Kerry Turner, manager of Chelmsley Wood CAB, said: “There has been a real rise in the number of people coming to see us. I think the biggest increase is those coming to our unemployment surgery. There are a lot of people who have been in a job for 10 or 20 years and suddenly find themselves out of work.

“Obviously the more volunteers we have available, the more people we can see and the quicker we can deal with enquiries. “

Roles are currently available in different departments - including administration and fund raising.

* To find out more about volunteering, call Solihull CAB on 0121 705 2212, Shirley CAB on 0121 744 3238, Chelmsley CAB on 0121 779 6707.

 

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