Lisa Kidston, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Wigan BoroughWigan charity calls for volunteers to give back to the community

A Wigan charity is issuing a call to arms for people to sign up and give something back to the community by volunteering.

Citizens Advice Wigan Borough is calling on people living across the region to use their spare time to help give advice to those who need it most.

Volunteers will be trained by the charity, with roles available across a range of areas from telephone assessors and face to face advisers to fundraisers, office admin and campaigners for justice.

Lisa Kidston, Chief Officer at Citizens Advice Wigan Borough, said: “What many people do not realise is that most of our advisers are volunteers. So like most charities, we are reliant on the good will of people to give up some of their free time to help us dispense quality, life-changing advice.”

“In return for a few hours a week, we provide training for a whole variety of roles, from dispensing advice over the phone to visiting people in their homes, and help them gain new skills, experiences and friends in a team environment”. 

Across the past 12 months, Citizens Advice Wigan Borough has advised 13,637 people on everything from debt and tax to housing and domestic abuse, alongside court representations for people facing the loss of their home.

In that time period, it also advised on 5,089 debt issues and 4,522 benefit issues, which has helped to save around £1.8 million for their clients – money which is usually put back into the local economy.

Lisa adds: “We are dedicated to helping residents across the Wigan Borough by providing expert, free advice – but in order to do so, we need people from the community to help us. 

“So if you or someone you know is interested, please get in touch with us today to find out how you can make a massive difference to people’s lives in your own community.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the charity, please call 01942 267963 for Leigh or 01942 489933 for Wigan or alternatively email volunteer@wigancab.org to find out more about current opportunities and the range of roles available.