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As the manager I have been chosen to write the first blog and tell you a bit about me and the service that we offer. Over the next few months you will be able to meet the team. You will be able to find out about what it is like to volunteer and how we help people. Also look out for Roger’s Rants.
My name is Kate Bennett and I have been manager here since 2000. I cannot believe that I have been here so long. The joke in my family used to be that I was the one person that they knew who had had more jobs than anyone else! The truth is that it just took me a long time to find the right job and place to be.
I had done voluntary work and then went to University as a mature student to study Law. After finishing I volunteered at my local CAB as I thought it would help me find a job and the rest as they say is history. Volunteering is often seen as a good way of getting paid work but I don’t think I ever imagined that I would be the manager here.
I love working here and am very proud of the wonderful staff and volunteers and the service that we offer. The dedication and commitment of our volunteers to helping people who walk through the door or phone up is just wonderful. It is so rewarding to see people who are very worried about a situation leave, if not with a smile on their faces, with a plan and a way forward to tackle their problem.
What makes the job so interesting is that you never know what you are going to be doing from one day to the next. The job has changed enormously in the last few years and there are many challenges to face with regard to funding and government cut backs.
The bureau has been serving the people of Wyre Forest for over fifty years and if I have anything to do with it we will be here for at least the next fifty.