Volunteer

Citizens Advice is the largest advice provider in the UK and has around 20,000 volunteers nationally. By joining us you become part of highly respected advice network dedicated to working to improving the lives of people in our community.

There are many volunteer roles within Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor and you’re sure to find one that fits your skills, experience and/or interests. At Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor everyone works as part of a team committed to serving their community.

Assessor

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetAssessors help clients get the right help in the fastest time possible.

They assess people’s needs, either face-to-face or over the phone, and identify the most appropriate course of action. That might be self-help information, referral to a specialist organisation or an appointment with a CAB adviser.

As an  Assessor you would:

  • Greet clients and explain the gateway assessment process.
  • Assess the risk/urgency of the client’s issue and their ability to deal with the problem themselves
  • Identify the next steps that needs to be taken
  • Summarise the content of the interview for the client and explain what happens next
  • Ensure clients know they can return if necessary
  • Update the database, completing the gateway assessment screens.

Specific qualifications or experience are not required to train for the role. You need to:

  • Be good at listening
  • Have a good manner when talking to people, face to face and on the phone
  • Be a confident computer user
  • Be open minded and non-judgmental
  • Enjoy helping people.

Download Application Form and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone we will return your call usually within 2 working days.

Receptionists and Administrators

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetA sound support structure is essential for the running of any organisation, and Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor is no different.

Receptionists and administrators ensure that Citizens Advice systems run smoothly and efficiently. There are various roles, so we will match your skills and time to our service needs.

Tasks include:

  • Assisting clients as they arrive at reception
  • Updating client records
  • Making and re-arranging client appointments
  • Using computer spreadsheets, databases and word processing software.
  • Maintaining and developing administrative systems.
  • Stock control of leaflets and materials and updating local information.
  • Helping to arrange events.
  • Handling correspondence, telephone calls, email and faxes.
  • Taking notes and minutes at meetings.

Download Application Form, and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone and we will aim to return your call within 2 working days.

Adviser

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetWithout our teams of trained volunteer Advisers we could not continue to meet the demands for our service.

Adviser’s have a very broad and varied role and are central to the services Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor provides.  The first step to becoming an adviser is generally training as a gateway assessor, if you are a law student or are able to volunteer for 2+ days a week as an adviser please contact us via recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk  to discuss other training options.

The role of the an Adviser is to:

  • Interview clients in the bureau, over the telephone and at outreach sessions.
  • Research information from our electronic information system and other sources.
  • Provide advice, explanation and help with the choices and consequences that the client faces.
  • Help clients negotiate with people such as creditors and service providers.
  • Give practical help by writing letters, making telephone calls, completing forms, etc.
  • Refer clients to other agencies who are better placed to help.
  • Keep detailed records of all clients’ cases.
  • Prevent future problems for clients by identifying failing policies and poor services.

The Adviser’s Skills

You don’t need any particular qualifications or experience to train as an Adviser. All sorts of people become advisers, but you will need to:

  • Be good at listening and being patient.
  • Be able to work in a team.
  • Be able to read and write English, and do basic maths.
  • Be open-minded and non-judgemental.
  • Enjoy helping people.
  • Be supportive to clients and colleagues.
  • Be confident using Information Technology.

Our Advisers don’t need to know everything. We provide free formal and comprehensive accredited training. Our training is backed up by excellent support, supervision and guidance to help you achieve the skills you need to deliver a high quality service to our clients. If you are a law student, this can earn you up to six months towards your solicitor training contracts experience. Once you have qualified as a Generalist Adviser, you will have the opportunity to develop further skills and increase the depth and breadth of your knowledge.

We now have an up-to-the-minute electronic system containing the information you will need when advising clients.

Download Application Form and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone we will return your call usually within 2 working days.

Campaigner

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetBy using evidence collected from our clients, you can help to bring about changes in local and national policies and services.

This will benefit many people, even those who have never used Citizens Advice services.

As a Campaign volunteer you will be involved in a variety of areas depending upon your skills and the time you have available. You might;

  • Raise awareness with staff and volunteers of current social policy issues.
  • Check evidence forms for quality regarding clients’ issues and problems.
  • Identify and raise relevant issues with Citizens Advice nationally.
  • Conduct research and write reports.
  • Get involved in media campaigning.
  • Promote campaigns internally and externally including using social media.
  • Liaise with other bureaux and external agencies.

For more information please visit Campaigns.

Download Application Form and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone we will return your call usually within 2 working days.

Fundraisers

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetCitizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor is a registered charity and is totally dependent on funding from local authorities, business, charitable trusts and individuals.

We are constantly looking for fundraising volunteers to work in the following ways with our treasurer and Trustees to meet our fundraising objectives;

  • Help to research fundraising opportunities.
  • Organising fundraising events.
  • Help completing fundraising applications.
  • Putting together presentations to potential funders.
  • Providing support to fundraising groups, such as a local Friends organisation.

Download Application Form and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone we will return your call usually within 2 working days.

PR & Marketing

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetCitizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor must maintain a high profile in the local community in order to attract funding, to promote local and national campaigns and to ensure that potential clients know how to access our services.

We need PR & Marketing people to:

  • Produce locally-based promotional material.
  • Edit national Citizens Advice press office releases for local use.
  • Build good relationships with local media.
  • Promote active coverage of Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor work in the local press and social media.
  • Identify case studies of clients or volunteers who would be willing to talk to the media.
  • Produce copy for local publication.
  • Be trained as a local media spokesperson.
  • Arrange events, displays and talks to promote Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor.

For more information visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/how-citizens-advice-works/media/and https://www.youtube.com/user/CitizensAdvice

Download Application Form and return to recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk. Any queries please contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk or call 01628 500858. Please leave a message on the answerphone and we will aim to return your call within 2 working days.

Trustee

Why Volunteer - Download FactsheetCitizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor is a registered charity with a Board of Trustee Directors.

Some of the Trustee roles require specific skills but we welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. As the Board of Trustees tends to meet in the evenings, this role could well fit with other full time employment or responsibilities. If you would like to play a central role in a well known and respected charity, this volunteer role might be just what you’re looking for.

The Board of Trustees:

  • Manage and plan Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor overall strategic direction.
  • Act as employer for the paid staff. Manage the finances of Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor.
  • Ensure that Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor complies with the law.
  • Are responsible for the premises and overall operation of Citizens Advice Maidenhead and Windsor.

To see who is currently on the trustee board visit Who’s Who

Contact recruitment@maidenheadcab.org.uk for further information and to arrange an informal discussion.

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