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Wanted – New Trustees and Treasurer for Citizens Advice Cornwall

We are seeking a Treasurer and three Trustees to join our expanding Board.

We are one of the largest voluntary organisations in the county, providing free independent advice across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as well as being a part of the national Citizens Advice service.

We offer free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to individuals on issues such as debt, welfare benefits, employment, housing and consumer problems, as well as researching and campaigning on a range of social and consumer issues. Our services are delivered by a team of highly-skilled and motivated volunteers and paid staff. As an organisation, we value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination wherever we find it.

In 2019/20, we assisted 9,500 local people with 55,000 issues, securing £5.7m in extra income for our clients, £5.6m in unmanageable debts written-off and £1.9m loan repayments rescheduled. During the same period, our turnover was £0.9 million and our volunteers contributed over 23,000 hours.

We are ambitious for our future and want to help more people from diverse backgrounds to access the help and support they need to move forward. We know that our communities are facing ever changing and increasingly challenging times. The demand for our services is growing and in the post Covid-19 landscape we know we are needed more than ever.

We’re looking for ambitious, forward-thinking Trustees to help us deliver on our dual mission of advice, research and campaigns. If you are excited to help us grow, increase our resilience and focus all our efforts on the diverse communities we serve, we would love to hear from you.

For the role of Treasurer, we are ideally seeking a chartered accountant who could help us to grow and increase our financial resilience and long-term sustainability. For the roles of Trustees, we are particularly looking for candidates who can increase the diversity of our Board and who have experience of fundraising, or marketing and PR, or working with local or national government, or human resources.

For more information and a candidate pack, please contact Ruth Olver, Governance Officer, at mail@citizensadvicecornwall.org.uk. Closing date for applications: Sunday 25 October 2020.