Wanted - students looking for practical work experience

Are you a student? Do you want to gain practical experience? Could you volunteer a few hours a week? If the answer to these questions is yes, join us as a volunteer. You’ll help change people’s lives - and it will look great on your C.V. especially if you want to pursue a career in law.

Training will be mainly self-guided so you can do it in your own time, with support when needed from our supervisers. For more information on our Self Guided Training Programme, click here.

If you're intersted in finding out more about volunteering with us, just download and complete the application form here and return to the address on the form.

My Student Work Experience

"As an LLB student at Bournemouth University there are certain criteria that my placement has to satisfy in order to pass the year- these include dispute resolution skills, drafting documents, negotiation, case management and communication- I am five months into my twelve-month placement and I have already ticked these criteria off with great triumph. Additionally I set myself a series of personal goals, one of which being, to develop my confidence in communication- interacting with both colleagues and clients- and, specifically, to build upon my professional written communication as learnt in the Legal Skills course. Citizens Advice Cotswold District has provided an outstanding level of support and resources in order for me to achieve my goals and have gifted an experience that I will forever be grateful for.

The training programme has given me the opportunity to expand upon areas that I have previously enjoyed studying at University; for example, many aspects of the Consumer enquiry area coincide with terms and conditions learnt in Commercial  Law and Transactions and the Housing course touched on adverse possession learnt in Land Law. My work at Citizens Advice has also allowed me to develop interests in areas I now hope to study in my final year on the LLB course including Family Law and Employment Law- and I have been given the opportunity and resources to get a head start on some of the course content for next year.

The most surprising thing about working for Citizens Advice Cotswold District is how much my awareness has grown. I have developed a great interest in the laws surrounding gender violence and abuse, fuelled by the ASK (Domestic Abuse) training course offered along with listening to client experiences; the course has been a great influence on my dissertation title and Citizens Advice has a vast range of research material which will be beneficial in due course.

I would encourage Law students at any level to volunteer with Citizens Advice; I have been exposed to client care, interviewing and research skills, and both effective written and verbal communication. Citizens Advice has very much provided me with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills which I can put in to practice both during my academic and professional careers."

Lucy, LLB (Hons) Law, Bournemouth University

Nine Great Reasons to Volunteer

    1. Make a difference It can be incredibly rewarding to contribute something non-financial to a cause you care about.

    2. Boost your confidence Trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then can do wonders for your confidence levels.

    3. Do something interesting Don’t let your spare time trickle away – fill it doing something interesting and challenging.

    4. Meet new people Tired of doing the same things with the same group of friends? Widen your circle and horizons by meeting people you might not normally see.

    5. Enjoy free training New skills can be learnt on the job in a supportive environment.

    6. Get to know your community Whether you’ve lived in a town for 20 years or have just moved there, you’ll develop a great feel for the people and the place at Citizens Advice.

    7. Put your talents to use Use it or lose it!

    8. We need you! Seventy-five per cent of the people who work in the Citizens Advice service are volunteers, and we simply wouldn’t be here for our clients without them.

    9.  Enhance your CV and your job prospects    If you're at college, university or looking for employment, volunteering at Citizens Advice could give you really valuable relevent experience and will impress potential employers, especially if you're thinking of going into law or a related field

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Become a Volunteer

Volunteering with Citizens Advice in the Stroud or Cotswold Districts means you will be part of a valued team and know that you are making a real difference in your community

Full training is given for these rewarding roles and all travel and out-of-pocket expenses will be paid.

We will be recruiting Trainee Advisers for our next training programme which will start in the Autumn.  Please get in touch if you are interested.

Or you might like to undertake our Self Guided Learning Programme where you work through the online modules in your own time over a period of 8 weeks.

The taught Training Programme requires a commitment of around one day per week for 6 to 9 months and is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge and give yourself many new challenges.

We are often also looking for people to provide Reception and Administration support in our Stroud, Dursley and Cirencester offices.

We are also currently looking for a volunteer to provide administrative support to our Money Advice specialists in Stroud. Tasks will include data processing, collating statistical information, dealing with correspondence and liaising with clients and creditors. If you have a good level of basis numeracy, good organisational and ICT skills and good interpersonal skills, we'd love to hear from you. There will be opportunities to train as a full Debt Advice Worker if you are interested, plus the chance to develop your skills and knowledge in all other areas of advice.

Finally, do you love organising fndraising events? Or can you run fundraising campaigns on social media? If so, please get in touch as we want to increase our team of fundraising volunteers.

For all the above roles, just download the application form here and send it back to us at the address shown at the bottom of the form, depending on whether you want to volunteer in Stroud or Cotswolds.

If you are more interested in the overall governance of the charity and have the ability to think strategically and see the bigger picture, you might like to consider becoming a Trustee. We're particularly looking for Trustees with knowledge of the Cotswolds communities and/or with expertise in PR or marketing. If you're interested in applying, download the Trustee application form here and the Trustee Skills Audit form here and return them to the addresss shown on the application form.

To be honest, whatever your skills or interests, if you'd like to get involved to support our work, then we'd love to hear from you and to discuss what you can do to help.