CAB cen­tres all about com­mu­ni­ties

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By TOM CARNEGIE

The call has been put out for com­mu­nity mem­bers to pick up the ba­ton and vol­un­teer.

Man­agers at Cit­i­zen Ad­vice Bu­reaus (CAB) at Mt Roskill, Eden/Al­bert, Glen Innes, Pan­mure, Sylvia Park and Re­muera all say their cen­tres are in need for more vol­un­teers in in­ter­view­ing roles.

Lau­rie Guy has been vol­un­teer­ing for the CAB for six months and says no two days are the same.

‘‘Once I reached the point of re­tire­ment I al­ways had in mind I would give back to the com­mu­nity and the CAB seemed to fit the bill.

‘‘I love do­ing it, it’s ac­tu­ally a plea­sure. I go home feel­ing very happy in­side.’’

Guy has a colour­ful re­sume. He has been a lec­turer, a mis­sion­ary, a bap­tist pas­tor and a lawyer.

CAB Glen Innes manager Su­san Scofield says be­ing an in­ter­viewer is for those who want to have a good con­nec­tion with peo­ple and help them choose the best op­tion on a vast range of top­ics.

Scofield says it is be­com­ing harder to find vol­un­teers like Guy.

‘‘It used to be that fam­i­lies could live on one in­come, so one spouse would have time to vol­un­teer. But re­la­tion­ships now re­quire both to work,’’ she says.

Scofield says many vol­un­teers choose to go to a CAB in dif­fer­ent ar­eas so they can get to know a new com­mu­nity.

Eden/Al­bert CAB manager Emma Robert­son says vol­un­teer­ing is a great way for young peo­ple to de­velop in­ter­view­ing skills and gain ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘All in­ter­view vol­un­teers go through a ro­bust train­ing pro­gramme. It is also on­go­ing so they stay up to date,’’ she says.

Robert­son says vol­un­teers not only learn in­ter­view skills, but also at­tend top­icbased group train­ings on is­sues such as im­mi­gra­tion, health and fi­nance.

Su­san, a vol­un­teer at the One­hunga CAB, has been at the bureau for 12 years. She says it’s al­ways been a very ex­cit­ing place to work.

‘‘The One­hunga CAB has a walk-in rate of 80 per cent, mak­ing it one of the high­est for New Zealand,’’ she says.

Call 529 4363 for a vol­un­teer re­cruit­ment pack.

Photo: TOM CARNEGIE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Lau­rie Guy says no two days are the same for Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Bureau vol­un­teers.

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