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YOUR VIEW: CAB appeal.

I AM writing on behalf of the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux to encourage your readers to step forward and volunteer for their local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Both of my parents were CAB volunteers so I know how satisfying it can be and what a huge contribution is made by the 20,000 CAB volunteers who already invest their time and energy in their local communities.

Citizens Advice Bureaux handle nearly 6m new problems every year, offering practical advice and representation to people in cities, towns and villages across the country with problems ranging from debt, benefits and housing to family matters, consumer and legal affairs.

Advice Week takes place from September 3-10 and organisers will launch a volunteer recruitment line - 08451-264 264 (calls charged at local rate, Monday-Friday 9am5pm) - on September 3.

The CAB doesn't just need people to train as advisers - it is also keen for people to act as trustee board members, to help with IT work, social policy work or with general administrative support. Languages skills are also needed to help local people for whom English is an additional language. Volunteering is likely to affect any benefits that you receive and will give you valuable work experience.

All you need are a few hours to spare each week, an ability to work well in a team and a desire to help people in your own community. Anyone who is tempted can find out more by calling the national recruitment line to be put in touch with CAB nearby that needs new skills. Or visit www.citizensadvice. org.uk/join-us Nick Ross, BBC Crimewatch presenter, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2002
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