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Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau Applying to be a Volunteer – Application Form & Guidance Notes PLEASE READ THESE NOTES AND THE FAQs ON THE WEBSITE CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU COMPLETE THE APPLICATION FORM Information to include on the form We receive a high volume of applications and have limited training places for each intake of new volunteers. Please note that the information you provide on your application form is the only information we will use in deciding whether or not you will be invited for interview. You should therefore think about the volunteer role you are applying for. Answer each of the questions by giving as much information as possible to show you have the skills, experience or ability to undertake this role AND that you are able to make the necessary time commitment. If there is not enough information on your application, you may not be selected for interview. Complete the form electronically We prefer applicants to complete the application form electronically and then email it to us as this helps speed up the application process. If you are completing the form electronically: Only type your text into the “blue” highlighted boxes Amend any “blue” text to indicate a Yes/No answer Insert an X into any blue multiple choice boxes to indicate your choice You will not be able to ‘sign’ the form at this stage. However you will be required to sign your e- mail completed application if you are invited to interview. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet you can complete the application form in writing. If you choose to complete the form by hand: Please use black ink Make sure your writing is legible Post your completed application to the address at the end of the form Additional Forms Please ensure you complete the Declaration of Convictions Form. We also ask all applicants to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau APPLICATION FORM TO BECOME A CAB VOLUNTEER Volunteer Role: Social Policy Your Details Surname: Title: First Name: Address: Telephone: Home: Mobile: Postcode: Email address: References Please provide the names and address of two people who are not related to you who can tell us about you e.g. a recent employer, a tutor. Please ensure you include their full address and postcode otherwise your application could be delayed. First Referee Second Referee Name: Name: In what capacity does this person know In what capacity does this person know you? you? Address: Address: Email Address: Email address: Can we contact this referee before your Can we contact this referee before your interview? interview? YES/NO (Delete as appropriate) YES/NO (Delete as appropriate) Training and time commitment Initial Training It is essential that you are able to attend the initial training period required for the role. Ongoing Commitment After the initial training you are then required to attend for a minimum of 6 hours per week on an ongoing basis. These hours can be completed in one day or split across two days i.e. 2 x 3 hour days. We also request that you are available to volunteer for at least 6 months. Please tick to confirm that you are able to: Attend the initial training period Meet the commitment of 6 hours per week Volunteer for a minimum of 6 months Please indicate in the table below the days you are able to volunteer and confirm the number of hours you are available on each day. N.B. – We will agree your regular days and hours before you join our Duty Rota. Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Morning Afternoon Total number of hours you are able to volunteer each week: Would this be term time only? Yes / No This role may be available in various areas across the Manchester CAB district. These include: Longsight City Centre Moston Moss Side Withington Wythenshawe Which area would be your first choice? _______________ If we are unable to offer you your first choice would you be willing to travel to another area? (Reasonable travel expenses will be covered) Yes/ No Which area would be your second choice? _______________ Please use the box below to tell us about any periods in the next 6 months where you may be unable to attend for an extended period of time? E.g. exams, travel, etc. Your experience, skills, knowledge We are interested in finding out more about you. Please complete the following questions as fully as possible. Please try to use specific examples. These do not need to be related to a work situation. 1 Please tell us why you are interested in volunteering with the CAB. a) What do you hope to get from the experience? b) What do hope to be doing in 3 years time? 2 Please tell us about the kind of things you have been doing over the last 3 - 5 years e.g. employment, studying, volunteering, community activities, caring for children or a relative. 3 What do you think are some of the main problems facing people today and why might they need advice and support from the CAB service? 4 One of Citizens Advice Bureau Service’s aims is Social Policy Work. a) What is your understanding of social policy work? b) Why do you think we have this as an aim of the service? 5 What skills and abilities do you think a Social Policy volunteer needs and why? 6 Please tell us why you think you have these skills and experience, giving examples of things that you have done in the past. 7 Please tell us about your IT skills e.g. accessing the Internet, word processing, etc. How did you hear about volunteering opportunities within the CAB? Data Protection Act 1998 As part of the recruitment procedure we may collect and store sensitive personal data about you. We are required by law to obtain your consent to such data being recorded. It is our policy to store data relating to recruitment procedures for a minimum of 12 months after the date on which it is submitted, for internal auditing purposes. Any information of this nature will be treated confidentially. Sensitive personal data is defined as information relating to any of the following: racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union membership, health, sexuality or sex life, offences and/or convictions. For the purposes of the Act the Data Controller is Andrew Brown, CEO, Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau. Declaration I declare that the information in this application form is correct to the best of my knowledge and acknowledge that by signing this form I give my consent to sensitive personal information being recorded and stored. Signed: Date: If you are completing your application electronically, you will not be able to sign the forms at this stage of the application process. You will be required to sign your "e-mail completed" application if invited to interview. Please ensure you complete the Declaration of Convictions Form on the following page. Please also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Please return this form to: email@example.com Or you can post the form to: Volunteer Recruitment Manager Citizens Advice Bureau Swan Buildings, 20 Swan Street Manchester M4 5JW Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau Declaration of Convictions Please note that in accordance with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, spent convictions and cautions do not need to be declared. A declaration of a previous conviction will not automatically exclude you from working with the Manchester Citizens Advice Bureaux Service. Have you had a conviction for a criminal offence? Yes No If yes, please give details below: I declare that this information is correct to the best of my knowledge. Print Name: Signed: Date: If you are completing your application electronically, you will not be able to sign this declaration at this stage. You will be required to sign your "e-mail completed" form if invited to interview. However you should print your name and enter the date on this form. EQUAL OPPORTUNTIES MONITORING FORM We monitor all forms received and treat this information confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Act. Please answer by placing a tick in the empty cell. THIS FORM WILL NOT BE SEEN BY THE INTERVIEWING PANEL GENDER Please tick as appropriate. Male Female AGE Please tick as appropriate. Under 18 18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64 65+ DISABILITY The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) defines a disability as a “physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities”. An effect is long-term if it has lasted, or is likely to last, over 12 months. Do you consider yourself disabled under the definition stated by the DDA? Please tick as appropriate. Yes No If Yes, then please specify your disability by ticking the appropriate boxes below. Deafness or severe hearing impairment Blindness or severe vision impairment A physical disability (a condition that substantially limits one or more basic physical activities such as walking, climbing stairs, lifting and carrying) A learning disability (such as Down's syndrome) A learning difficulty (such as dyslexia or dyspraxia) A mental health condition (such as depression or schizophrenia) A chronic illness (such as cancer, HIV, diabetes, heart disease or epilepsy) Other condition None of these ETHNIC GROUP Please tick the option that best applies to you. White English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British Irish Gypsy or Irish Traveller Any other white background Mixed White & Black Caribbean White & Black African White & Asian Any other mixed/multiple/ethnic background Asian or Asian British Indian Pakistani Bangladeshi Chinese Other Asian background Black or Black British African Caribbean Any other Black/African/Caribbean background Other ethnic group Arab Any other ethnic group (please state) Don’t know RELIGION AND/OR BELIEF Please tick the option that best applies to you. Christian (including Church of England, Catholic, Protestant and all other Christian denominations) Buddhist Hindu Jewish Muslim Sikh Yes, another religion (please state) Prefer not to say Non-religious/atheist Agnostic The following questions on sexual orientation and gender identity are OPTIONAL. Providing answers to the following questions will help us achieve a true representation of diversity in our organisation. SEXUAL ORIENTATION (OPTIONAL) Which of the following best describes how you think of yourself? Heterosexual/Straight Gay man Gay woman/Lesbian Bisexual Other (please specify) Prefer not to say GENDER IDENTITY (OPTIONAL) Do you consider yourself to be transgender? Yes No Other (please specify) Prefer not to say Please tell us where you saw this role advertised Manchester CAB Website Local Authority Publication Citizens Advice Website Local Authority Website Local Newspaper/Media National Newspaper/Media Word of Mouth Other (please specify below) PLEASE USE THE BOX BELOW TO PROVIDE US WITH ANY COMMENTS OR SUGGESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE ON HOW WE MAY IMPROVE OUR RECRUITMENT PROCESSES INCLUDING OUR EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES MONITORING Information held by the Citizens Advice Bureau complies with the Data Protection Act. This form is to ensure that we engage with a variety of people from different backgrounds, and that our organisations reflect the diversity of our communities. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COMPLETE THIS FORM.
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