Following the completion of a major refurbishment project at the Citizens Advice Saltash office, the charity is launching an urgent appeal for new volunteers in the town.
The offices in Belle Vue Road, were officially re-opening by Saltash Mayor, Cllr Pete Samuels, at a ceremony on Monday (28 September). Community Enterprises PL12, which runs the building, has revamped the ground floor to create a Covid-safe environment for volunteer advisers and public using Citizens Advice Cornwall.
The ground floor refurbishment has been mainly funded by a generous grant of £9,700 from Saltash Town Council and was planned and supervised by CEPL12 Director, Peter Ryland.
“We have been managing this building under a lease from Cornwall Council for more than five years” said CEPL12 Chair, Jo Baskott. “We want to be a good landlord, supportive of CA Cornwall, who will gradually be able to start five-day a week opening using the new facilities. This will be a boost for ourselves, Citizens Advice and the Foodbank working together at the building to help local people with whatever problems life is putting their way”.
Citizens Advice Cornwall Chief Executive, Gill Pipkin, appealed for volunteers to come forward to help services expand in the town.
“We can offer full training to people who wish to become advisers in the service”, said Gill. “It is not only interesting and varied work which can be done flexibly to suit individual volunteers, but the work will give excellent experience for people who wish to improve their own job prospects,” she said.
CEPL12 also needs volunteers, particularly to help local people who lack confidence and opportunity to use online services or computers generally – this need became very apparent at the start of the Covid crisis. Jo said: “This is an urgent situation. If you think you have the knowledge to help people learn, please come forward now”.
PICTURE: The Mayor and Mayoress of Saltash at the re-opening of the Citizens Advice Cornwall office in Saltash.
Anyone interested in volunteering should contact CEPL12 at 4 Fore Street, Saltash (tel 01752 848648, email@example.com) or to go to the Citizens Advice Cornwall website www.citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk and click on Volunteer with Us or email firstname.lastname@example.org