Kick off the year as a volunteer
Was your New Year’s resolution to try something new, or give back to your community?
The Matamata Citizens Advice Bureau could be the ideal place for you to meet your goal. And it couldn’t be a better time to sign up, with the organisation holding its awareness week from March 13-17, with a focus on recruitment.
Matamata’s CAB training coordinator Colin McDonald has been involved with the organisation for two years.
He joined to meet new people and to aid his community.
‘‘I really like helping people and I get to meet a lot of new people too. I enjoy the camaraderie and the challenge of the role.
‘‘On any given day, you could be asked about tenancy rights, locating a support group or having documents signed by a JP, to finding out whether a person is entitled to a benefit.
‘‘It’s a place where people can come if they need more information to solve a problem. We empower them, to have the knowledge and the information to get a good result.
McDonald is one of 25 Matamata CAB members, but he would love to see more people get involved so they could make CAB services more accessible to the community.
‘‘Right now we are restricted to our hours we can open. The hours are from 10am-2pm they used to be longer but we had more volunteers then.’’
McDonald is currently training four new volunteers. He said the training is not difficult and can be done to suit the volunteer’s level of commitment.’’
He said the CAB has a mixture of women and men but would love to have a more diverse range of ages.
‘‘We tend to attract retired people but it would really suit someone working part-time or new to town.’’
Matamata CAB volunteers Angela Archer and Colin McDonald.