Volunteers' Week 2016

Volunteers' Week 2016


Janice Nichols, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Birmingham, is taking the opportunity during Volunteers Week (1 - 12 June 2016) to thank the 48 volunteers who gave their time at the local charity over the last 12 months.

As part of the celebrations, The Lord Mayor of Birmingham will visit the Corporation Street office to give special thanks to the three longest serving volunteers; Joyce Harrison, Betty Rorke and Jean Bushell, who have between them given 85 years of service.

Janice Nichols said:

“Citizens Advice volunteers change lives.

Each year Citizens Advice Birmingham supports over 25,000 people by delivering face to face and telephone advice services.

It is thanks to the generosity of our volunteers that we are able to help people take control of their finances, claim entitlements like sick pay, and protect their rights at work.

We are delighted that the Lord Mayor has agreed to help us recognise the important contribution made by our volunteers.”

Betty, who, along with Jean and Joyce, will on Thursday be presented with a long service certificate by the Lord Mayor, is quick to point out the benefits she has gained from volunteering.

“I do it for me,” she said. "I enjoy the opportunity to keep my mind active and to be useful.”

While Jean said:

“I only intended to volunteer for a month after someone persuaded me to give it a try. 25 years later, I’m still here, and I still love CAB.”

Twenty one thousand volunteers gave up their time across the Citizens Advice network last year. The national charity estimates its volunteers donate over £100 million worth of time each year across England and Wales.

Information on volunteering is available on the Citizens Advice Birmingham website at www.bcabs.org.uk

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