Volunteering with Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove

Volunteering with Citizens Advice Brighton & Hove


My name is Guy and I have been volunteering
now for just over a month. My name is Sheila and I have been volunteering,
amazingly 13 years now. My name is Janet Stenning and I have been
volunteering at Hove Citizens Advice for 35 years. Okay I’m Graham and I first volunteered shortly after retirement in about 2005. I’m Andrew and I have been volunteering for Citizens Advice since 2005 and, only in Brighton
since 2010. My name is Bethane Harland and I started volunteering
just over a year ago so, August 2018. My name is Laura and I started volunteering
here sometime in the summer. That’s when I started my training. So I have been here
for just half a year now I guess. Well I originally spoke to my fellow law colleague who
had done some amazing volunteer work at another Citizens Advice branch and she pointed me
to it because I was looking for a way to really, during my studies, really be able to help
people in my local area and this seemed likethe best way to actually do that. I started because I was just thinking about retiring and I wanted something to do in my
spare time. And, I had a friend who worked here at the time so she told me about it and
I thought that sounds interesting so I will give it a try. A neighbour had worked with Citizens Advice and that put the idea in my head. And it sounded
attractive. Because I knew somebody who herself had been
volunteering here for years and she eventually retired after 30 years. I started volunteering here because like a lot of people I guess, I wanted to pay something back to the community. I’d got some great advice from Citizens Advice before including from the public site (website) so I thought that I’d like to…yeah… put my efforts
into helping other people going through some really tricky situations in their own lives. I retired quite early and I thought I’d like to do a bit of good in my life. I started at Citizens Advice for a number of reasons: As well as wanting to develop
my legal skills I also really wanted to help people within my community so its a really
important thing to do. I love a lot of things about volunteering
here. I love the fact that I’ve been able to connect with so many people that I may
not otherwise have met and also the fact that I feel like I am doing something really good
for people on an everyday basis. I like interacting with clients. I like, sometimes,
to be able to improve their situations. Every time someone says thank you at the end
of a phone call. Every time someone genuinely appreciates the feedback I’ve given. Everytime
I raise a page or raise an organisation that they never heard of before and they want to
look into it, that really drives me to want to learn more about the wider area of how
we can help people and it keeps me motivated for helping people. I enjoy coming. I feel that I learn something new every week when I am in. Often quite useful
information that I can use in my own life. I enjoy meeting people. Being retired, I think
its keeps my brain more active than it otherwise might be. And, I really like the feeling of
doing something socially useful. It is a commitment. I would say don’t give
up at the first hurdle. Keep going if possible because your volunteering will be much appreciated.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *