AN ADVICE charity has launched a campaign to recruit more volunteers.

Citizens Advice Flintshire (CAF) is looking for more volunteers to help deliver its free confidential advice service.

The charity is having an informal meeting on Wednesday, September 4 at 10am at its Deeside office in Connah's Quay for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering.

Volunteers are needed to join its team who help clients who come into the Citizens Advice offices in Deeside and in Mold, and also to help clients who contact the service by telephone.

The team includes people of different ages and backgrounds.

One of the volunteers, who has been working with the charity for more than five years since he retired and did not wish to be named, said: "One of the best things about volunteering is its really rewarding when you are doing something to improve someone’s life”.

Another of the volunteers said: "To say that I like helping people when they are facing problems sounds a bit predictable, but it’s true.

"Every day I leave [CAF] I feel a sense of achievement and satisfaction.

"I’m always learning something new about what can be done about problems with benefits, debt, housing issues or consumer problems.

"In a nutshell I find the work challenging and varied.

"Work aside, there is a great sense of camaraderie behind the scenes.

"My fellow volunteers have become good friends - we support each other and look forward to catching up both in and out of the office."

And Chloe Peers, who started as a volunteer and is now a paid member of staff, said: “volunteering is a great way to get work experience and improve your skills and confidence to get paid work."

Specific experience and qualifications are not required as free training is provided.

Salli Edwards, chief executive of Citizens Advice Flintshire, said: “The need for free confidential information and advice continues to grow and the contribution of our volunteers is absolutely essential for people get the help and support they need.

"The success of our volunteers moving onto paid work means we are continually looking for new volunteers."

Anyone interested in attending the informal meeting on September 4, or who wishes to request more information about volunteering opportunities, can call 01352 706840 or email