Perth Citizens Advice Bureau simply wouldn’t exist without our volunteers. Volunteers in the bureau work in a range of roles including generalist advisers, admin workers, IT support, social policy workers or board members. You don’t need to have qualifications or particular experience to become a volunteer. We are looking for people who are interested in learning how to help. Of course it helps if you are a good listener, have a genuine desire to help others and the ability to understand complex information and explain it to others.
In return, as a volunteer , you will receive full training for your role, with on-going training and support. You will be joining a great team from many different backgrounds but all with one thing in common – the desire to do something which is challenging and very rewarding.
All our training is free and we pay volunteers’ expenses for travelling to the bureau. All we ask in return is your time. We provide a comprehensive training programme to prepare people to become CAB advisers. Training involves classroom sessions (some will be full day 10am – 4pm) as well as shadowing more experienced advisers before trainees ‘go solo’ and advise on their own. Experience has shown that volunteering as an adviser requires a minimum commitment of 6 hours per week this can be one full day (10am – 4pm) or two half-days. This may seem like a lot, but we have found that this is the minimum required to become a proficient adviser and keep your knowledge up to date.
We aim to run 2 Adviser Training Programmes (ATPs) each year for volunteers who would like to become general advisers. Our next ATP will commence in October/November 2017. In advance of the ATP we will hold an information event. Our information events give prospective volunteers the chance to find out a bit more about what is involved in volunteering with us as well as the opportunity to talk to some of our advisers and have a tour of the office.
We currently also have vacancies on our Board of Directors. If you would like further information about joining the Board please contact Karen Campbell, Finance and Administration Manager at the Bureau on 01738 450584 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to be notified when:
- We finalise the dates for our next information event and next Adviser Training Programme, or
- A vacancy arises for any other volunteering opportunity
Then please complete the Volunteer Reply Slip below and return to Karen.email@example.com to be added to our waiting list.