VOLUNTEERS Amy Turner and Don Pickering are both looking forward to their new roles as advisors at Sutton’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB).
For Amy it will be a chance to gain valuable experience for her chosen career in law, while for Don it will be an opportunity to keep his mind active during his retirement.
The CAB deals with many issues including debt, benefits and employment and as the recession continues to bite, more volunteers are needed to help advise Ashfield residents.
Quarrydale School student Amy, who at 16 is the bureau’s youngest volunteer, said: “I wanted to gain experience for the future because I want to be a solicitor.
“I will be interacting with different people, getting used to the workplace and being able to do independent research.”
For 66-year-old Don Pickering, volunteering is a chance to engage his mind in something worthwhile.
Don, who is a former finance director, said: “I think the thing that has struck me is the diversity of clients who come here for advice. You never know who is going to come through the door.”
Amy and Don are two of 22 volunteer advisors at the bureau and they will work for 10 hours a week.
Sue Davis, chief executive of the Sutton CAB, says that volunteers need to represent different age groups in the community they serve.
She also added that volunteering gives people valuable workplace and life skills - and that a third go on to paid jobs.
To volunteer at CAB call Mansfield 555312.