Volunteering

Become a Volunteer

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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 recruit Trainee Advisers twice a year and our next training programme will start in the spring. However, please get in touch before then if you are interested and we will keep your details on file.

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.

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 are particularly currently looking to recruit a new Treasurer due to the recent retirement of our treasurer from ill-health. the Role Description is here. 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 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. 

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 prospeccts      

    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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Student Work Experience

I find volunteering alongside the group of friendly and dedicated people that is the Citizens Advice Service in Stroud a fantastic experience. It’s a chance to get involved with your local community, meet people from all walks of life, and develop transferrable skills that employers love. For instance, I spent nearly half of my scholarship interview at  Lincoln’s Inn discussing my volunteering! It is an incredibly worthwhile way to develop yourself as a person and demonstrate your sensitivity and ability, as well as being a chance to show that you are able to handle confidential information and help people who are often in distress.


Wanted - volunteer advisers in the North Cotswolds

to work in our busy outreach office in Moreton-in-Marsh.  Trainning 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 live in the north Cotswolds and are thinking about volunteering, then we'd love to hear from you. Just complete the application form here and return to the Cirencester office -  address on the form.