New Recruits for Local Citizens Advice Service

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service (D&GCAS) have recently welcomed three new members of staff, covering strategic positions within the organisation.

Cara Hyles has been recruited to the position of Youth Engagement Worker, Sonya Fitzsimon is the new Volunteer Development Officer and Andy Hemingway in the role of Communications Officer.

Chief Executive Officer, Phil Stewart explained, “We are very pleased to welcome all three new recruits to their roles. The opportunity to recruit new staff was assisted by the resignation of a member of staff who covered both communications and recruitment of volunteers. Splitting these roles up enables us to create additional focus on these two areas critical to us in achieving our objectives and meeting demand for our Service. The role of Youth Engagement Worker has been a long time in the pipeline. We are delighted that we have received funding from the Holywood Trust and Young Start delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund to realise our ambition of increasing engagement and participation with young people to encourage them to use us as clients, volunteers and raise awareness of paid opportunities when they arise.  It is a very exciting time for us.”
Moving from the role of Creative Design Officer, at Berneslai Homes in Barnsley, Andy said, “I’m delighted to join the Citizens Advice Service here in Dumfries and Galloway and really looking forward to working on upcoming projects.”

Cara’s post as Youth Engagement Worker, is a new role funded by the Holywood Trust and Young Start delivered by the National Lottery Community Fund. After nearly ten years working for Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Youth Work Service, Cara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her.

Sonya began working for the Citizens Advice Service as a volunteer advisor, before moving to a paid role as an energy advisor. “I definitely enjoyed working as an advisor, however felt a new challenge was in order,” said Sonya, who is keen to get to grips with her new position as Volunteer Development Officer.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering, contact Sonya, youth engagement, contact Cara or visit the D&GCAS website at www.dagcas.org.

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