CAB marks 75 years with recruitment day

Volunteers at Sleaford and District CAB advice centre in MOney's Yard at their open day. EMN-140809-185831001
Volunteers at Sleaford and District CAB advice centre in MOney's Yard at their open day. EMN-140809-185831001

Sleaford and District Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) held an open day on Thursday to mark the organisation’s 75th anniversary.

It has been 75 years since the CAB formed as a direct result of the outbreak of the Second World War.

Training and development officer for Sleaford and District CAB, Karen Warner said: “At that time the Government decided that people were going to need help with all the problems that would arise, but over the years it has become a self-funding charity and each bureau has to raise its own funds.”

To that end, last week, Sleaford and district members were bag-packing for donations in Sainsbury’s.

Last Friday, the branch held its biggest-ever fundraiser with a Bollywood event at Sleaford Rugby Club for 150 guests.

The event was supported by the Green Elachi and Bindi restaurants, of Ruskington and Sleaford respectively, and Barclays. The Desi Nach Indian dancers performed and showed some of the guests how to do it too.

The branch has 70 volunteers ranging from as young as 16 to those in their late 70s, with everyone receiving training.

Mrs Warner said: “We are particularly looking for receptionists as the first face of the organisation, as well as assessors and advisers.

“Assessors do the first 20-minute interview to find out how we can best help. Advising is a very complex and rewarding role. You will be with that client as long as it takes to resolve the issue.”

Volunteers must be willing to learn and commit eight-12 hours each week.

It is an ideal platform for young people studying social sciences and politics, as well as parents at a loose end who may have skills useful when advising on raising a family on a tight budget. There is also fundraising team and the CAB campaigns for changes to laws and benefits too.

For more information call in to the centre in Money’s Yard or call 01529 308427.