CAB centres all about communities
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.
Laurie Guy says no two days are the same for Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers.