©Kirton News 2023

Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire calls for more volunteers to help in the cost of living crisis

Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire says it needs volunteers now more than ever to help make a difference to local people who are struggling with the increased cost of living. The charity is launching an appeal for new recruits from all backgrounds who can give their time to help people struggling with energy prices, rising household bills, employment and housing issues.

Last year the charity saw unprecedented demand, supporting 4946 people in Boston and North Kesteven with 18,912 issues. The local charity can only do this work thanks to its team of paid staff and volunteers. They say that no experience is necessary as full training will be provided.

Jenny has volunteered for Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire as an Adviser for almost 9 years. They said “I love every minute! I enjoy the challenge of trying to help people with the various issues they have. It also keeps me up to date with current events and in contact with people from all walks of life. It’s very satisfying and rewarding”.
As well as volunteers to offer advice to people in person, online and over the phone, there are opportunities for people to provide expertise such as Trustee, Research and Campaigns, fundraising and administrative support.

Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire volunteers come from all walks of life and choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. They include students, people getting back into work after career breaks, people with part-time jobs, carers and people who have retired.

Volunteers are often looking to gain valuable experience or to use their existing skills in new ways. Many want to have an impact in their community and find a sense of purpose in helping others.

For students in the area, volunteering can help build confidence and support career development with different learning opportunities.

Louise Buckingham, Chief Executive Officer at Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire said:

“Now more than ever, you can really make a difference by volunteering with Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire. We’re seeing more and more people needing support with managing energy costs, budgeting and debts as costs spiral.”
“As well as helping the local community, we know people who volunteer their time get a lot back. Whether it’s working as a team, learning new skills or campaigning on issues close to your heart, there are many fulfilling opportunities available. We’ll give you all the training you need and would love to hear from you.”

To find out more and to apply to become a volunteer, visit: www.camidlincs.org.uk or contact recruitment@citizensadvicemidlincs.org.uk

If you need support or advice, you can contact Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire on 08082787942. Alternatively, you can email your query to: outreach@citizensadvicemidlincs.org.uk or attend one of our face to face drop in sessions.
For information about our service, drop in opening times and how we can help you, please take a look at our website.
If you would like to support Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire, you can do so by scanning the QR code. Your donations will allow us to continue to help more people within our community.

 

The Kirton Monday Club’s
Yearly Review of 2023

We’ve had quite a busy year. In the summer we enjoyed a coach trip to Cromer and had a good day out. Throughout the year we have had a variety of visitors and entertainers, including the Bat Lady and a photographer who brought photos of old Boston with him. Food has played a large part in our meetings with a cream tea, a fish and chip lunch and a celebration lunch for the coronation as well as Christmas dinner at the Rainbow. We also had a special tea and entertainment in memory of Stan Naylor. Some members have been going to the Council meetings to keep everyone up to date with points of interest in the village. 

We have another busy year planned for 2024. New members are always welcome. We meet fortnightly on Monday afternoons from 2 – 4pm at The Chestnuts. Interested people can ring Margaret on 723484. 

Happy New Year from all at the Monday Club! 

 

Another Successful Year for the Kirton Church Christmas Tree Festival

Although the weather was dreadful, being bitterly cold, icy and with snow for the weekend of Kirton Church Christmas Tree Festival, a much needed £1000 for the roof appeal was raised.

The churchwarden, PCC and the fund raising committee would like to thank everyone who visited and all those who helped, took part, donated raffle prizes and/or sponsored the event.

Local clubs, societies, schools, organisations and businesses all taking part and supporting the Festival 2023:-

Tree providers were: Allen, Briggs and Turner; British Legion; Frampton WI; Gardening Club; Guides, Brownies and Rainbows; Kirton Church choir; Kirton Fire Station; Kirton News; Kirton Parish Council; Kirton Primary School; Kirton Town Hall; Middlecott House Nursery; Methodist Church; Mothers Union; Thomas Middlecott Academy; The Salon; Scouts, Cubs and Beavers;White Gables; Wyberton Wombles.

Sponsors: Allen, Briggs and Turner; FT Auto Centre; J Hayes; Kirton Pizza and Kebab; Kirton Firemen ; KMB Construction Consultants; Woodland’s Farm.

Raffle prize donors: The Barber Shoppe; The Black Bull; The Flower Shop; The Golden Fryer; The Old King’s Head; Keshco; Kirton Coop; Paula’s Gifts; Scouts Shop; Sylvia’s Salon; Tesco .
Many thanks again from Kirton Parish Church.

Middlecott House Nursery

Following the sudden closure of the nursery on December 29th Kirton Parish Councillors have been working with Lincolnshire County Council and the Middlecott Exhibition Charity to help parents and carers needing alternative places, and to find another provider who can operate a nursery at this crucially important site.

There have been several expressions of interest, and we are hopeful that when registration and Ofsted regulations have been cleared there’ll be another nursery there.

If anyone needs a place or any advice, please contact online: childcaresufficiency@lincolnshire.gov.uk