All sorts of people volunteer as CAB advisers. Here are some of the things they have in common:
- Good listener
- Can work in a team
- Can read and write English, and do basic arithmetic
- Are open–minded and don’t judge people or their circumstances
- Enjoy helping all kinds of people
- Be prepared to commit around 6 hours each week
Do I need special qualifications or experience to become an adviser?
No! The CAB adviser training programme and AdviserNet, our web-based information system, will give you a great start in the bureau.
What does an adviser do?
The role of a CAB adviser is very varied. Here’s some more information on some of the things advisers do in the CAB:
- Interview clients at the bureau, by phone or in person. Give advice via e-mail.
- Provide information from AdviserNet and other sources
- Explain the choices the client faces, and what these choices mean
- Offer practical help to clients by writing letters, making phone calls and helping fill in forms
- Perform calculations (for example, to assess entitlement to certain kinds of benefits)
- Refer clients to other agencies if they are better placed to help
- Keep records of all clients’ cases
- Prevent future problems by identifying issues that affect a lot of clients – this is called social policy work
Support and development for CAB advisers
You don’t need to know everything to be a CAB adviser! There is an accredited training programme that will give you the skills you need to deliver a high quality service to clients. The is also an internet based advice system which is full of information needed to help clients.
There will always be someone in the CAB that you can go to for guidance or support to make sure that you’re giving the right advice.
Moving on from the bureau
As well as helping you in the CAB, all the training and support you get as a CAB adviser can help you into paid work or further education when it’s time to move on.
No wonder people say CAB training is the best!
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