Student Volunteering Week 2018 runs from 19 - 25 February.
Explore volunteering at Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice during Student Volunteering Week!
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice is appealing to students to join its ranks of volunteers and gain valuable experience.
What is Student Volunteering Week?
Student Volunteering Week is an annual event that celebrates the contribution of student volunteers and shows people interested in volunteering what they could gain by signing up.
Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice is already supported by several students and want to encourage more students from all backgrounds and subject areas to get involved.
Across England and Wales, Citizens Advice is powered by 23,000 volunteers, who last year helped 2.7 million people with the problems they faced.
How our volunteers help
Locally Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice volunteers helped almost 14,000 people in 2016/17 with problems around benefits, debt, housing, employment and more.
Volunteers give face-to-face, telephone and web advice, as well as providing digital assistance, money management skills and information to people who need help and campaigning for change about the issues that most affect the people we assist.
Our volunteers have a range of skills and experience and are of a range of ages and backgrounds.
Chief Executive Luca Badioli said:
“Volunteers are crucial and we simply couldn't function without their time and dedication. Our student volunteers are a real asset to the service, and they get a lot out of working with us too.
“Volunteering can be a chance to pick up essential experience in teamwork, communication and project management, plus skills for specific careers, for example, in law or social policy.
“As well as boosting your CV, volunteering with Citizens Advice gives you the chance to help give back to your local community and make a real, positive impact on the lives of people who seek advice.
“As demand for our service continues to grow, we need more volunteers than ever to make sure that our clients get the help that they need.”
Amy is one of our student volunteers. Outside of term time, she helps out with reception and administrative duties in our busy Bognor Regis office. She says "I really enjoy my time at Arun & Chichester Citizens Advice and have gained some skills which I can add to my C.V."
Dzifa has now finished studying for his law degree. "Volunteering with Citizens Advice has helped me to develop the skills I gained in my education in a more professional environment. I've gained a number of transferable skills that will be very useful later in life."
Sophie is currently a law student "I decided to volunteer at Citizens Advice because it would allow me to help people help themselves, which is something that I am passionate about.
By volunteering I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the various areas of everyday life, and I am always continuing to learn because of how different and exciting everyday is! I have also enjoyed meeting new people and making new friends in addition to giving back to the community.
Volunteering with Citizens Advice has been advantageous for me both personally and professionally!"
How to volunteer with us