The Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau has celebrated its 40th anniversary with a luncheon held at the Ringwood RSL, in tribute to the many past and present volunteers that dedicated their time to the organisation. I was invited to the luncheon as both a committee member and as a Maroondah councillor.
The history of the Maroondah Citizens’ Advice Bureau began in 1967 with the founding of the Ringwood Advisory Service, which was one of just ten Advisory Bureaus in existence in Victoria at that time. In 1974 the Croydon Community Service Group combined with Ringwood to become the Ringwood/Croydon Advisory Service and the two offices became the Maroondah Citizens’ Advice Bureau Inc. following council amalgamations in 1996.
Volunteers assist in many ways, from answering enqurities through to dealing with complex personal problems. While sometimes a listening ear can make a big difference, volunteers may also assist in providing emergency food aid or referral to legal aid or counselling.
While achieving a 40 year milestone is cause for celebration, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau is also keen to call on new volunteers to ensure the future viability of the organisation. Volunteers are required to complete a 40 hour course which prepares participants to meet the challenges that are presented within the role.
For details on volunteers at the Maroondah Citizens Advice Bureau please contact (03) 9725 7920.