A PAIR of Citizens Advice volunteers with a combined service of more than 40 years have retired from their roles.
Rosemary Lunt and Diann March have stepped down from the East Dorset & Purbeck branch of the charity.
Rosemary, the branch’s research and campaigns coordinator, has been volunteering and working with Citizens Advice for more than two decades.
She joined in 1991 as a volunteer adviser in Wimborne before being employed at Dorchester Citizens Advice, where she was a deputy manager and tutor for 15 years.
She then started volunteering at East Dorset Citizens Advice in 2015.
“I’ve loved being part of Citizens Advice – a hub of knowledge and friendship,” she said.
“My work was campaigning nationally and locally, for changes to unfair policies and practices, trying to prevent problems occurring in the future, but the real heroes are the advisers who calmly and expertly support people facing problems now. So I’ll be keeping the Adviceline number in case I need it in the future.”
Diann has been the chair of the East Dorset Friends Fundraising Committee since 2005 and has been involved with Citizens Advice in different ways since 1984.
She said: “As the chair of Friends Fundraising Committee, we were involved with some fabulous events which have raised much-needed funds for the service.
“I now feel it’s time to hand over the fundraising reins to someone else.”
The pair would be much missed by the organisation, according to Helen Goldsack, chief officer of Citizens Advice in East Dorset & Purbeck.
“We are very sorry to see two of our long serving volunteers leave,” she said.
“Their commitment and dedication has been very much appreciated by all of our staff, volunteers and trustees. We would like to wish them both all the very best for the future.”
For more information about volunteering visit www.edpcitizensadvice.org.uk/volunteer. For general advice and support call the Dorset Adviceline, freephone 0800 144 8848 (Textphone: 0800 144 8884).