CAN you spare the time to help people in their hour of need?

Volunteers are urgently needed at Bridport and District Citizens Advice Bureau. 

The charity provides advice and support to more than 2,000 residents each year in the Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beaminster area. It is providing help to an increasing number of local people and needs more help. 

Chairman of trustees, Bryan Brown, said: "We depend on many volunteers who take on a variety of roles, not just in providing advice to clients but in other essential ways including reception, information technology and administration. We are now urgently seeking some specialist help in two very important areas - fundraising, and in providing help to our specialist committees. These role can help us ensure we can provide our services efficiently and to the highest quality."

The role in fundraising would involve working with the charity trustee Sue McLaney, to provide additional professional input to our developing fundraising activities. You might bring experience from many backgrounds, but would have a special interest in helping write funding applications and seeking new sources of funding, often for particular projects to meet local needs. Some experience of fundraising in the voluntary sector would be welcome. 

"If you think you could offer this specialist help on a voluntary basis even for just a few hours each week, we would be delighted to hear from you," said Mr Brown. 

Another volunteer is needed to provide administrative support to work with Mr Brown. 

"We have to maintain high standards of governance in support of our work and are urgently seeking a volunteer who would be able to provide help for our subcommittees which provide the oversight of our work. If you have administrative experience in supporting committees or boards in the public sector or business and have a little time to spare we hope you may consider helping us to make our service to the local community even better."

Citizens Advice offers free and confidential advice on a range of issues. 
For more information, contact Rovarn Wickremasinghe on 01308 456954 or call in to the Bridport office on South Street between 10am and 3pm during the week.