Citizens advice issue plea

New volunteers are desperately needed for Arbroath's Citizen's Advice Bureau.
New volunteers are desperately needed for Arbroath's Citizen's Advice Bureau.

The local Citizens Advice Bureau has issued an emergency call for volunteers after a huge increase in the number of people in financial crisis.

The service say they have seen an enormous demand of people seeking help and advice due to a combination of the recession and welfare cuts, which they add has thrown thousands of local families into poverty and debt.

And in turn the charity say they are struggling to cope with demand and urgently need more volunteers.

Angus Citizens Advice Bureau’s joint head of service, Kathy Anderson, said: “The CAB has always been a vital source of advice for people who are on the lowest incomes.

“But over the last few years the economic crisis has led to a massive, unprecedented increase in the numbers of people who need our help.

“So at the CAB we’ve been stretched to capacity for the last few years, and I’m very concerned that it will soon no longer be possible to meet these levels of demand on our current resources.

“We urgently need to expand our current team of advisers and reception workers at all of our local offices, including Arbroath.”

The bureau is looking for volunteers who can give a minimum of six hours per week and full training will be provided.

The charity is looking for outreach advisers, bureau advisers and receptionists but no specific qualifications or experience is necessary.

Training will be scheduled for two days a week for four weeks followed by one day a week on an on-going basis until competency is achieved.

An information day is also being held at the Arbroath CAB at 11 Millgate from 11 to 12 noon on Wednesday, October 2.

For more information contact Mairi Buchanan on