Citizens Advice Thanks Dedicated Volunteers

Local charity Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale has continued giving advice to those in need throughout the coronavirus pandemic thanks to the tireless dedication of its staff and volunteers.

The team quickly rallied to ensure that as many people as possible could be helped over the phone or through webchat. Two weeks into the lockdown, 70 volunteer advisers were operating the Advice Line service from their homes.

As part of Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1 to 7 June, Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale wants to thank its 150 volunteers for their contribution not only during this exceptional time but throughout the year. Between them they contribute over 1,000 hours to helping local people each week.

In the last year the charity has helped over 11,000 people with problems such as debt, housing, benefit and employment issues.

Henley volunteer Amanda Browning said, “What I enjoy most about working at Citizens Advice is working with like-minded people and using my skills in an organization that is all about supporting people, some of whom are having the most difficult time in their lives and who might not have anyone else to turn to. It’s great to be part of an organisation that has the influence to make things better for all of us.”

Jon Bright, chief officer at Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, said, “Throughout the year our wonderful volunteers contribute their time and energy to make a huge difference to people’s lives and help keep our vital service running. Their support throughout the year has been invaluable. I cannot thank them enough for their continued dedication. We couldn’t do it without them.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South and Vale, please visit our website: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/oxfordshire-south-vale/

For more information contact:
Tel: 01235 364868
Email: catherine.whitmarsh@osavcab.org.uk

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