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1 Menu Can you help by volunteering? What do we offer you? What volunteer roles are there? Volunteer receptionist Volunteer Gateway Assessor Volunteer Adviser Reception & Gateway Assessor training Adviser training How to apply Further information About Leeds & Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureaux The principles of the CAB service Our aims END SHOW

2 Can you help us by volunteering? CAB volunteers come from all walks of life with a varied range of experience. All new volunteers receive full training for their role at the CAB. What sort of skills and experience do you need to become a Leeds or Chapeltown CAB volunteer? You need to… …be committed to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service …have good computer and IT skills …be confident in dealing with people …have the capacity and willingness to learn …have good literacy and numeracy skills …have good written and verbal communication skills …have enough time MENU

3 What do we offer you? Full training through group sessions, observation & self study Ongoing support and training Certain out of pocket expenses including travel within Leeds A travel and child care expenses scheme A friendly environment which recognises and values the skills and contribution of volunteers Personal satisfaction and self development A stimulating role where you learn about different aspects of life As a volunteer you’ll be giving us so much but we hope you’ll agree that we can offer you something back. We offer you: MENU “ “ Volunteering at CAB provides an interesting, stimulating and enjoyable challenge. Marion

4 What volunteer roles are there? There are a number of different volunteering opportunities available at both Leeds and Chapeltown CAB.  AdviserAdviser  Gateway AssessorGateway Assessor  ReceptionistReceptionist Full details of each role are available by clicking on the above links We may from time to time have other roles available e.g. Administration, Social Policy, IT and Trustee We need people for different roles at different times, so our volunteer vacancies vary. See our website for current volunteering opportunities. MENU Volunteering at CAB became the most enjoyable part of my week. After a while I started to question why I was working in a job I enjoyed less than what I was doing for free each week. Once I had built up enough skills and experience I applied for paid positions and am now in the Money Advice Team - and much happier for the whole week! Julie B. “ “

5 Volunteer Receptionist Volunteer Receptionists are part of a team providing the first point of contact for clients who use our service. As a Reception Volunteer you would do some or all of the following:  Set up the waiting room and prepare paperwork  Welcome clients  Update the reception log  Make appointments  Give out information  Record client details  Make reminder calls for next day’s appointments  Telephone reception work  Other administrative tasks For this role we are looking for volunteers who can offer at least one day a week. MENU

6 Volunteer Gateway Assessor The Gateway Assessor provides a crucial service to the Bureau by making an initial assessment of clients’ needs either on the phone or face to face. This role involves more interaction with clients than any of our other volunteering roles. The Gateway Assessor’s duties include:  Identifying the nature of the client’s enquiry  Assessing the level of service required by the client  Offering and explaining information to clients  Identifying cases which require urgent action  Liaising with Bureau staff and making internal appointments where appropriate  Referring or signposting clients to external agencies  Recording details and enquiries on our electronic case recording system For this role we are looking for volunteers who can offer 1½ days per week for the first six weeks and then at least two half-days per week for at least nine months MENU

7 Volunteer Adviser Advisers give advice to clients on an individual basis once an assessment has been made by the Gateway Assessor. The Adviser’s role includes:  Exploring the client’s situation and identifying what the client wants  Researching the client’s rights on our Information System and explaining options available to the client  Helping the client to take action including filling in forms, drafting letters and making phone calls  Recording client and enquiry details on our case management system  Attending training in order to develop competence as an adviser For this role we are looking for volunteers who can offer two days a week for the first 4 months and then at least a day and a half each week for at least another 14 months MENU

8 Receptionist & Gateway Assessor training Receptionists at Chapeltown CAB receive on the job training. All other gateway or reception volunteers attend group training 1 day a week for 6 weeks, plus observation, self study and assessment in the Bureau. During this period you are asked to commit to 1½ days volunteering per week. During the group training period trainees learn the skills and procedures they will need for the role. After the group training trainees begin working with clients whilst continuing their training and assessment. Receptionists are asked to commit to 1 day per week and Assessors to two ½ days per week. Initial training takes 6 – 8 months to complete and leads to the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Provision of Legal Advice. Trainees are supported throughout by a Guidance Tutor with whom regular learning reviews take place. This is the minimum period we ask you to commit to for volunteering. WEEKS MONTHS 6-8 MONTHS 2-6 MONTHS MENU

9 Adviser training After the group training trainees begin working with clients whilst continuing their training and assessment. Trainees are supported throughout by a Guidance Tutor with whom regular learning reviews take place. The training takes 9 – 14 months to complete and leads to a Level 3 Award in the provision of initial legal advice. Advisers are asked to commit to at least 1½ days per week. WEEKS MONTHS 4-14 MONTHS This involves attending group training 1 day a week for 15 weeks, plus observation, self study and assessment in the bureau. During this period you are asked to commit to 2 days volunteering per week. During the group training period trainees learn the skills, knowledge and procedures they will need for the role. This is the minimum period we ask you to commit to for volunteering as an Adviser. MENU

10 About Leeds & Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureaux Our clients and volunteers come from all walks of life. We are committed to providing an independent advice service, and volunteering opportunities, to the whole community. Leeds and Chapeltown CAB are both run as independent charities although they have close links and share some recruitment and training. We provide up to date information and advice over the phone and face to face using our unique electronic information system. We link clients up with other services and agencies, help write letters and complete forms, negotiate with creditors and make phone calls on clients’ behalf. MENU The service does not work without volunteers, so I know what I’m doing is important. I learn new things all the time, about life and situations outside my comfortable existence. I learn about myself too! Barbara W. “ “ Click here to continue…

11 About Leeds & Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureaux BENEFITS EMPLOYMENT The problems we are most often asked about concern: benefits, debt, housing or employment, but we will help people who come to us with any enquiry including consumer rights, legal matters and immigration. Our advisers don’t tell clients what to do, but explain their options and the possible outcomes of different courses of action. Clients are encouraged to make their own decisions and act on their own behalf. We enable clients to manage their own problems by focusing on their needs as individuals. HOUSING DEBT MENU Volunteering at CAB has been an overwhelming experience and I feel honoured to have been able to bring positive changes into people’s lives. Very supportive staff to work with and a great way to learn new skills. Uma “ “

12 Our aims #1 Provide the advice people need for the problems they face The CAB provides information, guidance and support. We do this to enable people to make informed decisions about their lives, so that they can solve their own problems, using their own skills and abilities. We achieve this by offering: Advice to inform clients of their rights and responsibilities Accurate and up to date information on a wide range of issues A choice of options to clients and opportunity for them to decide how any action should be carried out, and by whom Help with completion of forms, calculations, letter writing, telephone negotiations etc Referral to a more appropriate agency where the advice or information required by a client is beyond the scope of the CAB and/or a better service is available elsewhere #2 To improve the policies and practices that affect people’s lives We make use of the experience and knowledge we gain from working with individual clients to try to prevent similar problems arising for others. This means… We gather information based on our work with individual clients and using this information to try and influence policy makers and providers of services On a local level, we monitor local policies and practices and the effect of these on clients visiting the Bureau, often involving working with other organisations in the city On a national level, we report to our umbrella organisation, Citizens Advice, any underlying problems with a regional or national policy, service or practice which we have identified through working with our clients MENU

13 The 5 principles of the CAB service Our 5 principles Citizens Advice opposes all discrimination We insist that all our clients are treated with respect and proper consideration. The Service has been committed to equality since its foundation. We believe that everyone should have access to employment and services, and that everyone is entitled to fair treatment. Citizens Advice seeks to make sure that a quality service is available to everyone who might use it. CONFIDENTIAL Nothing our clients tell us will be passed on to anyone outside the CAB Service without their permission, including the fact they have visited the Bureau. The service we provide is based on trust and without that trust it would not exist. IMPARTIAL The Service is open to everyone. We expect everyone who works for Citizens Advice to be able to offer an impartial service. This means offering a service that is not influenced by our own or other people’s prejudices and personal beliefs. FREE The Service is free, regardless of whether or not a client can afford to pay - This is because we do not believe that access to information and advice should be means-tested. INDEPENDENT The Service is completely independent. In terms of the advice and information we offer, we are responsible to our clients and not to our funders. We are therefore able to give impartial advice on all enquiries and to take up any issue with the appropriate authority on behalf of individuals and groups. MENU

14 How to apply If you can answer Yes to the following…  Do you support our aims and principles?  Do you have good literacy and numeracy skills?  Do you have good computer skills?  Do you have enough time? …please look at the Leeds CAB website for current volunteer opportunities and our application form - you can submit an application at other times and we will hold it on file. We run a number of volunteer training programmes throughout the year which have a fixed number of places. Then save, complete and return the application form. Applications received are reviewed and those selected are invited for interview. MENU

15 Further information Leeds CAB is made up of a main office in the city centre and 4 community bureaux located in Crossgates, Morley, Otley and Pudsey. Chapeltown CAB is an independent charity, however the two bureaux have close links and recruitment/training of volunteers is shared. If you have any questions or require more information Jane Pearse at Phone For information about other volunteering opportunities in Leeds visit the Doing Good in Leeds websiteDoing Good in Leeds MENU END SHOW


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