We need more volunteers, says Sudbury bureau

JOIN US: From left: Frances Korabik, Ann Furlonger, Ian Park (back), Alan Harris and Malcolm Burge from Sudbury district Citizens Advice Bureau.
JOIN US: From left: Frances Korabik, Ann Furlonger, Ian Park (back), Alan Harris and Malcolm Burge from Sudbury district Citizens Advice Bureau.

A service providing advice and information about “anything a person experiences in life” wants more volunteers to help expand its offering.

Sudbury and District Citizens Advice Bureau, based in Belle Vue House, offers free help on matters as diverse as benefits, employment law, family issues, debt and housing.

Ann Furlonger, bureau manager, said: “We would like to expand our services to be of more assistance to the public.

“We need handymen, help with leaflets, advisors, administrators, anything and everything – the more the merrier.”

Training is adapted around other commitments.

“We are able to support people no matter what their other commitments are,” said Mrs Furlonger.

“We like it when people say they want to volunteer but don’t know what they want to do.

“All CABs are made up mainly of volunteers, the funding is primarily to be able to support a volunteer environment.

“We have been extremely well supported by our major partners – Babergh and Suffolk have supported us with core funding this year.”

The grants have remained at the same level as last year, while Sudbury Town Council raised its funding by £1,000 to £6,000.

Malcolm Burge has been volunteering as an advisor with the CAB since 2005. He estimates he has helped 4,000 clients.

Last week, he was certified as a “gateway assessor”, a role which involves interviewing clients to determine the best course of action.

He said: “We are facing a host of changes in benefit, housing rules and employment law – more than ever before.

“We cover anything that a person experiences in life that requires them to seek advice. It is an extremely satisfying role, providing a comprehensive service of information and advice to the community.”

To find out more, go to www.citizensadvice.org.uk.