Open days draw in new recruits

CAB staff at the recruiting event. From left - Alex Devenish, Jayne Mansfield, Jackie Shaw and Karen Warner. EMN-151109-185630001
CAB staff at the recruiting event. From left - Alex Devenish, Jayne Mansfield, Jackie Shaw and Karen Warner. EMN-151109-185630001

Sleaford and District Citizen’s Advice Bureau had a successful two-day volunteer recruiting event last week.

The CAB gives information and advice on subjects spanning debt, employment, benefits, consumer and housing.

Currently the Sleaford volunteer team comprises around 60 people from diverse backgrounds and age groups.

Training and development officer Karen Warner explained: “We are here to help with these complex issues but it is the nature of our business that volunteers move on.”

Mrs Warner said every volunteer receives training. This takes place between 10am and 2pm.

Young people can use their experience to enhance university or employment applications.

Mrs Warner said: “We are starting up a research and campaign team for 16-year-olds upwards to look at issues affecting young people.”

Gateway assessor Jackie Shaw said: “I wanted to get out the house and meet new people and put something back into society.

“I feel I have given information that is going to improve people’s lives in some way.”

Alex Devenish started on reception as a sixth former - he wanted to have the life skills for employment but afterwards just kept it up.

Receptionist Jayne Mansfield fits it around her children, gaining new skills and confidence.

She said: “I have been on courses dealing with aggression, mental health and first aid - skills for my CV.”