Citizens Information help

Published 19/02/2014 | 05:22

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Co. Wicklow Citizens Information Service is seeking volunteers to provide information to the community on topics like social welfare entitlements, medical cards, consumer affairs and employment rights.

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The serviced has centres in Wicklow, Bray, Arklow, Blessington, Baltinglass and Glendalough and offers information on medical cards, Jobseeker's Allowance, renewing an Irish passport, Rent Supplement and visa requirements.

In response to changing economic circumstances, a number of microsites have been developed in recent years to cater for specific user needs – losingyourjob.ie; keepingyourhome.ie and selfemployedsupports.ie.

These too have experienced significant increases in user traffic, the most notable being a 78 per cent increase in visits to keepingyourhome.ie.

Designed to provide ease of access for everyone, citizensinformation.ie is accessible to those using Assistive Technologies.

Martina Cronin, the Development Manager with Co Wicklow Citizens Information Service, says: 'Volunteers will be trained in all aspects of this interesting and rewarding work and no previous experience is required.

'We have over fifty volunteers in our centres who enjoy the challenge of doing something new. They are valued members of the team and we could not provide the service without our Volunteer Information Providers.'

Volunteers will be offered flexibility about when you volunteer, free accredited training, out of pocket expenses, the opportunity to do interesting and worthwhile voluntary work, the chance to develop new skills, the opportunity to meet new people and a real chance to help your local community.

If you would like to make a difference in your community please telephone Martina on Mobile (087) 617 2802 or landline 0761 07 6780.

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