CAB in helper cri­sis

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata’s Cit­i­zen Ad­vice suf­fer­ing a staffing cri­sis.

CAB, which pro­vides free and con­fi­den­tial ad­vice on con­sumer en­quiries, fam­ily and per­sonal is­sues and fi­nan­cial con­cerns, doesn’t have enough vol­un­teers to con­tinue op­er­at­ing dur­ing their usual open­ing hours of 10am to 4pm, chair­woman Jean Clancy said.

The group’s new hours, while they are short staffed, would be two two-hour shifts be­tween 10am and 2pm from Mon­day, July 28.

This would af­fect people try­ing to book the health shut­tle, which CAB or­gan­ise, and the people who manned the af­ter-hours phone for the shut­tle would be busier.

It would also af­fect ar­eas like Katikati, who’s CAB hours are also shorter. When this of­fice is closed, calls are placed through to Mata­mata.

The Mata­mata branch cur­rently has 25 vol­un­teers who cover the five days which is split into two shifts.

Clancy said the or­gan­i­sa­tion needed about 10 more vol­un­teers who are keen to help their com­mu­nity.

To be trained as a vol­un­teer for CAB, con­tact the branch on 07 888 8176 or visit the Mata­mata Re­source Cen­tre at 41a He­tana St to get an en­rol­ment form.

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