Volunteering with Citizens Advice is a great way to learn something new and give back to your local community in either East Cambridgeshire, Fenland or Huntingdonshire. It is a very rewarding experience. By volunteering with us, you will help people in the community solve a wide range of problems and the training we deliver, which is a recognised accredited program, enables new volunteers to flourish. It is also a great way to meet new people.
Don’t take our word for it, here is what some of our volunteers have said:
I joined Citizens Advice as a volunteer as I was looking for a way of helping people which would also provide a personal challenge for me. From day one the training and support has been excellent. The team spirit and support within the office makes it a really rewarding and enjoyable place to be.
I have volunteered for some years now and a lot has changed but one thing has remained constant – there are a lot of people out there who need our help! But volunteering is not all about altruism. After I gave up paid work I reckoned that I needed a challenge to keep the brain buzzing and some sense of joining in with others for a worthwhile common purpose. Volunteers come from all sorts of backgrounds. However, it is not all sweetness and light. Sometimes I go home angry and frustrated, but somehow I keep coming back for more!
I enjoy working at Citizens Advice, I feel that I have gained great skills, such as good customer service and helping clients in need. I now have good computer skills, and working well as a team.I feel I have a great support network with all the team, and good training to help along the way. It’s a pleasure to work here and I will continue to do so as long as I can.
I feel a sense of empathy which hopefully is recognised by the client when they pluck up the courage to call and they feel let down by the system.
When passing on the information on our website and sharing this with the client they feel it will help more in the future to help prevent some situations from getting exacerbated.
Training is very thorough and gives the sense of confidence when explaining how to work out the client’s problem with them. Working with team gives those of us retired folk a sense of purpose again.
The most rewarding part of the whole system is knowing you have taken away the fear and stress many clients feel when making contact and best of all is when they take the trouble to report back their successful results with grateful thanks.
What you need to do next
For us to get you underway as a volunteer, we need you to complete the application form, and return it completed to:
We will then invite you to an interview, where we would like to see an understanding of Citizens Advice and the service we offer, good people and listening skills, good written skills and be confident with IT.
We are currently developing our web chat service and are looking for new volunteers to help us pilot and develop this. If this is something that interests you please complete our application form below and we will be in touch.
Download a ZIP file containing three PDF forms to fill in and return:
- Citizens Advice Volunteer Application form
- Declaration of unspent convictions/cautions
- Volunteer diversity monitoring information
To return your completed application please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill in an application form online. Note that is might take you some time to gather the information first, it might help to gather the information together and then complete the application.
If you have any further questions please email us at email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.