It’s Student Volunteering Week 2019 from February 11th – 17th, and we’d like to highlight the invaluable contribution of our wonderful student volunteers!
We work with a number of students each year, most of whom came to us through our partnership, now in its third year, with the University of Sussex Law School’s Access to Justice programme, as well as students from further afield. All our student volunteers are an integral part of our team, and make a big impact on the number of clients we help. Since our Law School students began volunteering with us in September 2018, just five months ago, they’ve already helped 270 clients.
Andrei Mazur is volunteering at Citizens Advice Crawley. He says of his experience:
‘I soon discovered that Citizens Advice is more than just an office of people that know almost everything, this place is full of inspiration and motivation. There are people from all walks of life, with all sorts of backgrounds and life experiences, which makes working alongside them so much more interesting and enjoyable.
From the outset I was provided with training for the adviser role together with all of the information I needed when advising clients. As an adviser I have learned how to apply the skills gained at university in real life situations, this is where problem solving, good research skills and knowledge come to bear results.
My overall experience at Citizens Advice has been pleasant, there are both high expectations and an immense amount of help available from the ever helpful supervisors and management to the great volunteers that are always there to offer their tips and advice when needed most. This is an environment everyone should experience as part of their life journey.’
Aaron Omeroglu, also volunteering at Citizens Advice Crawley, said:
‘Working at Citizens Advice has provided me with the opportunity of putting my legal skills into practice. Not only this but it has also given me the opportunity to assist members in my local area. It is always satisfying when a client leaves happy and assured. The skills I develop will definitely work as a great asset to my future legal career.’
Andrei and Aaron can be seen in the photo on this page.
Citizens Advice volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, and volunteer with us for different reasons. Our volunteer roles are varied, challenging and rewarding and our volunteers really enjoy being able to make a valuable contribution and a positive impact on people’s lives. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, including Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) volunteers, disabled volunteers, volunteers with physical and mental health conditions, LGBT+ and non-binary volunteers, to join our service.
For more information about volunteering for us, and to apply, please click here.