CITIZEN'S Advice Isle of Wight has praised its 'amazing' volunteers as it enters into a new three-year contract with the Isle of Wight Council.

Alongside partners including Age UK, People Matter and the Footprint Trust, the charity will continue to provide advice and support services from County Hall.

The consolidated service enables residents to access advice for a number of issues from a single location.

Citizen's Advice Isle of Wight chief executive Paul Savill said: “Our core work supporting Islanders with issues around money, housing, employment, tax, universal credit and family relationships is all based around our amazing volunteer team.

“We have successfully maintained our advice quality standard mark, which is all down to the hard work of the teams who turn up and give their time to help others.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life and we have retired professionals alongside younger people looking to improve their skills to seek new employment and those that were clients before now committed to using their experience in helping others.”

The contract also means the charity has secured its funding for the foreseeable future.

Mr Savill said: “Having funding confirmed for three years allows us to develop what we do, continue to invest in our teams and shows other potential funders we have a secure future and infrastructure.

"We have also taken on delivering support to Islanders attending court who face eviction or repossession.”

Citizens Advice is still seeking volunteers to help provide services for the Island, ranging from advisors to website managers.

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