Festival task force will be spreading the word

The team at North Herts CAB will be spreading the word about their services at a series of summer ev

The team at North Herts CAB will be spreading the word about their services at a series of summer events - Credit: Archant

Get ready to get up close and personal with North Herts CAB at a string of summer events across the district.

The Citizens Advice Bureau team is aiming to reach out to as many people as possible in the coming months, and its team of volunteers kicked off the summer season at Ashwell at Home on Sunday.

They’ll also be at Hitchin’s Walsworth Festival this weekend – find out more about what’s in store in this week’s Venue section – and also on the calendar are dates including Royston Open Secrets on Sunday, June 7, Letchworth Festival and Codicote Village Day on Saturday, July 18.

Visitors to the CAB stand will be able to find out more about the charity’s activities, which help people across North Herts and South Cambridgeshire get free, impartial advice on a range of issues from debt to housing, employment and benefits.

It is also a chance to discuss volunteering opportunities with CAB’s dedicated team, who give more than £350,000 worth of time and support each year.

Chief executive Rionach Aiken said: “Many people don’t realise the support we can offer them or how much advice is available at their fingertips.

“We hope that by attending these community events we can help make people aware of us and our status as an independent local charity.

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“Of course, we’re always on the lookout for new volunteers so it offers a good opportunity to have a chat with existing volunteers and find out whether volunteering with us is something you would like to pursue.”

Catherine Bennett, who oversees digital and media communications for North Herts CAB, said: “Although we won’t be able to give direct advice at these events, we are able to signpost people to the right place for their query.

“That may be attending one of the face-to-face drop-in advice sessions held at various locations throughout the area, arranging an appointment with us, calling us on the telephone or showing visitors how to access our information online.”

In addition to the recently re-launched local CAB website at NorthHertsCAB.org.uk which offers online advice tailored for local needs, the National Citizens Advice Service has also recently re-launched their online advice website at citizensadvice.org.uk.