Volunteering with Citizens Advice Luton
We are recruiting for volunteers to be Generalist Advisers:
What do volunteer advice workers do?
- Interviewing – You will learn interviewing techniques, how to listen and respond to clients, and how to ask questions to get clarification on issues.
- Giving information – Training will enable you to access information from our computer systems and reference books.
- Giving advice – Your job is to give the client all the courses of action available to them so they can decide what to do.
- Giving practical help – Completing forms; making telephone calls; writing letters. You will also be trained in calculating benefits, tax and debts.
- Case recording – You will be shown how to record your interviews to enable other advisers to carry on work for a client should they return for further help.
- Research and Campaign – Identify issues where clients have been unfairly treated.
What we ask from a volunteer adviser
- A commitment to our principles of confidentiality, impartiality and equal opportunity
- A willingness to undertake a comprehensive training programme
- A willingness to keep up to date with new information and skills
- An ability to volunteer for about 8-10 hours each week
What do volunteers gain?
- Rewarding and stimulating work that is so varied it can never be boring
- The opportunity to update skills and learn new ones
- A comprehensive training programme is provided for all advisers which will be tailored to individual needs
- Job specific IT training
- Help for those wishing to re-enter the job market by :
- providing experience in a caring supportive environment
- a reference for future employers
We also have opportunities for volunteers to assist Citizens Advice Luton with vital fund raising or you may wish to become a Trustee. These roles have more flexibility with regard to time commitment and would be suitable for anyone in full time employment.
How to find out more
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