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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:         volunteering@manchestercab.cabnet.org.uk


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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