Interested in helping to lead Citizens Advice St Albans District?
At Citizens Advice St Albans District (CASTAD), we’re looking for volunteers to help lead our charity. We’re looking for people who can consider the big picture and who have good independent judgement and a varied set of skills. Ideally, if you have knowledge or a background in law, internal communications publishing/editing, marketing, fundraising or campaigning we would really benefit from your experience. However, if your skills are more generalist you would also be of great interest to us.
You do not need experience of working or volunteering with Citizens Advice service. The role will provide you with a great deal of experience and satisfaction, the opportunity to develop your skills and utilise your expertise and knowledge. We will give you a full induction on joining and offer training to help you fulfil your role.
CASTAD is a small charity that provides information and advice to help people resolve their problems, including benefits, debt, employment, housing and so on. We provide free and independent advice to help people solve the difficulties they face, and improve the policies and practices that affect peoples’ lives. For example we offer specialist advice on a number of issues such as debt management, disability benefit applications and appeals, homeless prevention, well-being, and Universal Support through ‘Help to Claim’ service.
In 2018/19 we helped about 8,600 clients via several different channels e.g. face to face, website, web chat and telephone although unfortunately we still have to turn folk away. We operate from the Civic Centre in St Albans but have outreach centres in Harpenden, Redbourn, London Colney, and Wheathampstead.
CASTAD is a member of the national Citizens Advice charity which means we have access to the services, resources and support provided by national Citizens Advice but as an independent charity, we’re responsible for running our own affairs within agreed standards. We have only 9 full time equivalent paid staff, a growing number of volunteers (in excess of 100), and a budget of £260,000 in 2019/20.
As a Trustee you’ll need to:
• be available to come to at least four evening meetings each year
• be able to join in occasional fundraising and service promotional activities
• have a willingness to work as a team
• actively participate in discussions that relate to the running of the organisation
• act in the interests of CASTAD and that of its staff and clients.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community to help us achieve a diverse trustee board that reflects our clients and communities. We particularly welcome applications from the BME community who are currently underrepresented.
We are also currently looking for a trustee to lead on Research and Campaigns. For further details of these roles and the application form see the links below.
To apply send us a completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mark your e-mail Trustee Application. The closing date is 18/10/19.