Home   News   Article

5 myths about volunteering 'blitzed' by Inverness Badenoch & Strathspey Citizens Advice Bureau

By Emily Garrow

Register for free to read more of the latest local news. It's easy and will only take a moment.

Click here to sign up to our free newsletters!
Alsadair Christie.
Alsadair Christie.

Inverness Badenoch & Strathspey Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) has kicked off National Volunteers Week (June 1-6) by ‘blitzing’ what it says are five popular myths about volunteering.

The CAB, which says demand for its advice has never been busier, is asking for local people to see National Volunteers Week as the opportunity to volunteer with them – to give free advice on issues such as debt, benefits and housing.

CAB manager Alasdair Christie said: “CAB volunteering is a great way to spend your free time – giving something to your community and also building skills and experience, and working with the fantastic team we have here.

“But we are aware there are a lot of misconceptions about CAB volunteering, so this year I want to blitz those so people know what volunteering here is really about."

Mr Christie listed the 5 myths the CAB says may prevent people volunteering with them:

1. You don't need lots of previous experience.

"We train all volunteers for free, so you won’t be thrown in at the deep end."

2. No qualifications are necessary to take part.

"What matters is your commitment to doing something for your community and your willingness to learn."

3. You don't need to volunteer for 40 hours a week.

"If you can give us a minimum of six hours per week, we’ll be happy to have you and we’ll arrange those hours around your other commitments."

4. There is no age limit.

"We’ve had volunteers here from 18 to 80 – it really doesn’t matter, as long as you're willing."

5. Advisers are not the only people the CAB are looking for.

"We also need people to help in other types of role, like receptionist, and joining our management board is an important role as well.

"We really, really need you, so if you’ve ever thought about it, now is the best possible time."

Those who are interested in volunteering at CAB during National Volunteers Week can visit the bureau, call 01463 252292, or email volunteer@invernesscab.org

Do you want to respond to this article? If so, click here to submit your thoughts and they may be published in print.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies - Learn More