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PEOPLE are being urged to put their own life experience to use by helping people fight back against debt during the tough economic times.

A recruitment drive is under way by East Durham Citizens Advice Bureau as it looks for new volunteers from all backgrounds to support its service.

Roles include training as advisers or initial interview assessors, campaigners on social policy issues, IT, debt administration and sitting on its trustee board.

The appeal comes as part of Volunteers Week, which runs until Thursday.

The branch’s chief executive Neil Bradbury said: “As a result, of the many recent reforms and cuts to services, as well as the biggest shake-up of welfare benefits for decades, there is a huge demand for the advice and policy influence Citizens Advice Bureau staff and volunteers provide.

“Without their passion and generosity the service would struggle to survive, and the cost to the economy of unresolved problems would soar.”

Each bureau recruits its own volunteers according to its specific needs and capacity.

Anyone interested in finding out more about working with East Durham CAB can call 587 2695, or visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk