THE coronavirus crisis has seen a huge rise in demand for the services of Ceredigion Citizens Advice.

The group’s board staged a video conference where it was updated on the pressure on finance volunteers, who are being swamped by queries from people urgently seeking advice and help on matters such as Universal Credit and the furlough scheme introduced by the government.

CAB Ceredigion, which is based at Napier Street in Cardigan, helped more than 550 people between mid-March and mid-April.

Chair Susan Chambers said: “Our staff are working exceptionally hard to support clients during this very challenging period.

“Their advice is helping people to navigate the support available which we hope is helping reduce the pressure and financial uncertainty people are facing.

“We are doing all we can as a board of trustees to strengthen our service to the people of Ceredigion and at the same time protect and look after our staff and volunteers, who are doing an amazing job.

“Citizens Advice Ceredigion is a charity and seeking further funding is a priority for us. While we were encouraged by Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s statement about support for charities, we await the details of this support for smaller charities.”

If you need help or advice, call 01239 621974 (Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm) or email