Medway Citizens Advice

Advice for Medway

Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and many others.

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Volunteering

Citizens Advice Medway needs volunteers every year to help us meet the demand for our services. In our centre we have opportunities for people to train as volunteers in a variety of roles including Receptionists, Initial Checkers, Advisers, Project Workers, Trustees, Administrators, Research & Campaign workers, and more.

Some of the skills and knowledge that will help you in many of our volunteering roles are:

  • Being open-minded and non judgemental
  • An understanding of the importance of confidentiality
  • The ability to use IT
  • The ability to work in a team
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to read and write English
  • The ability to interpret information
  • Enjoying helping others
  • Being a good listener
  • The ability to do basic Maths


Receptionists: Reception staff are the public face of Citizens Advice Medway and serve as the main link between the public and the services we provide. Their role is crucial as they welcome clients and provide information on our service.


Initial Checkers: Initial Checkers help and support clients from the moment they make contact with us. They carry out a brief initial diagnosis of a client's enquiry and can provide information and assistance straight away. This includes helping clients access our Self-Help Information Kiosk, assisting them to find relevant leaflets and signposting them to more appropriate organisations. They cannot provide advice and will arrange for a client to see an Adviser or Project Worker either on the same day or a later day if an Initial Check cannot resolve a client's enquiry or a client cannot use self-help information.


Advisers: Advisers carry out a more in-depth interview with a client if an Initial Check cannot resolve a client's enquiry or a client cannot use self-help information. Advice interviews involve deeper explorations of a client’s enquiry and providing full advice. Advisers can also assist with the completion of forms, making phone calls on a client’s behalf, and presenting options on how to deal with complicated situations.


Project Workers: Each of our Project Workers are attached to a specific project run by us thanks to funding provided by a specific source. Essentially Advisers, there are only certain clients that our Project Workers can assist due to the nature of the projects. An Initial Checker will identified if you can fit the criteria to be seen by a Project Worker.


Administrators: Administrators ensure that the centre runs smoothly. Good support is essential for the running of any organisation, and we are no different. There are many different administrative roles - we can match your skills and time available to our needs whether it's booking appointments, operating our switchboard, etc.


Research & Campaign workers: Research & Campaign workers use information and collate evidence from problems brought to Citizens Advice Medway by clients to help bring about real change through influencing local and national policy. This is a flexible role, which can sometimes be partly carried out away from our office.


Trustees: Citizens Advice Medway is an independent charity that is governed by our own board of Trustees who are ultimately responsible for the quality and range of services that we offer. While day-to-day control of the centre is delegated to the Chief Executive, the Trustees set the overall direction and development of our service. We need people from all sections of the community with a wide range of skills, experience and perspectives to serve on our Trustee Board. Trustee Board members tend to meet in the evenings making this a flexible role that can fit around a full time job.


If you would like any further information on these roles or would like to request a Volunteer Pack, please send an email to training@cabmedwayadvice.org.uk.


Citizens Advice Medway

3rd Floor Kingsley House
37-39 Balmoral Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 4PF

Telephone: 01634 383760
Fax: 01634 383767
Email: info@cabmedwayadvice.org.uk

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Charity registration number 1115644 | VAT registration number 824 2147 52 | Registered number 5568569 England & Wales.
Citizens Advice Medway is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 617661).