Become a Volunteer

The work of South Derbyshire CAB would not be possible without our volunteers. Nationally, ninety per cent of CAB workers are volunteers. There are many ways to get involved. You could train to be an adviser, help streamline the office admin systems, or sit on the management committee and help with fundraising, publicity or our social policy work.

All our volunteer advisers are fully trained. You do not need to have any particular qualification or experience, but the following abilities:

Voluntary work for the CAB gives good experience for paid employment. You'll get 100% support, full training and your expenses paid. We are committed to equal opportunities for our workers and clients, and welcome volunteers regardless of race, gender, sexuality or disabilities.

See what it's really like to be a CAB volunteer and join us.

"As a volunteer, you feel that you are helping provide a worthwhile service that is highly valued in the community. You would also be joining a team who soon become good friends."

The article below has been written by a volunteer. Please take the time to read it, you never know it could be the inspiration you've been looking for.

"I became a volunteer for CAB in March 2001. Prior to that I had not worked for a number of years as I had caring responsibilities. From previous employment I knew I could talk to people easily, but in today's technology driven workplace, I had a fear of computers and was worried that this would go against me.

I spoke to the deputy manager of the bureau and was assured that not being computer literate was not a problem. I also expressed concerns about my ability to remember all the facts and information required to be an advisor. My worries were unfounded. Complete training is given and the information needed to advise is held on an easily accessed system.

I began the training, which took place in the bureau, along with a new group of volunteers. We were all from different backgrounds, and as individuals all our input was valued. There was no pressure completing training packs, everyone learns at their own speed. During the training period I shadowed experienced advisors and began to feel that I could do this work. By the time the training was complete I was itching to get into unsupervised interviews, safe in the knowledge that everyone's work is checked daily.

Throughout my training I had complete support from other workers in the bureau, and as a result have always felt valued as part of the team. I can say, becoming a volunteer at the bureau is the best move I could have made as I lacked confidence, having been out of the workforce for some time. The work is varied, challenging and frustrating at times but without a shadow of a doubt, most rewarding."

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Getting in touch

Contact us in person, by letter or phone to find out more about being a CAB volunteer.

Application Form

It is recommended that you read through these pages before applying to be a volunteer. They are available from the Citizens Advice Website.

The application form is available in either a PDF [35kb] or Microsoft Word Document [268 kb] that you can download or view online. Simply print the form, fill it in and post it to us.