Our Information Assistants are often the first point of contact for many clients when they walk through our door. With support, their role is to provide information to clients from trusted sources and let clients know where they can get help in the local community.
You could do this role if you are available to volunteer for at least 6 hours per week for at least 6 months.
The role includes training and could be the first step towards becoming a Citizens Advice Generalist Adviser or Money Adviser.
Purpose of the role
- To provide information, assistance and guidance to members of the public to help them engage with the most appropriate service to solve their issue.
- To provide information about Citizens Advice Portsmouth and other advice services to clients from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures.
- To promote the use of kiosks/PC's and the role of information in resolving problems.
Main duties and responsibilities may include:
- Explaining the Generalist Information Service to members of the public.
- Supporting clients with using self-help services including kiosks, PC's and tablets.
- Helping clients to identify the correct leaflet, self-help resource or service provider to best address their issue.
- Identifying when clients need to be referred to other services for more help.
- Signposting clients appropriately to suit their needs following agreed protocols.
- Recording client numbers and basic issues.
Personal skills and qualities that an Information Assistant need:
- A commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service.
- Ability to offer help appropriately and sensitively in a public environment.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Being open and approachable - demonstrating empathy with clients.
- Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
- Ability to quickly sift through information and extract what is relevant.
- Respect for the views, values and cultures that are different to their own.
- An understanding of why confidentiality is important.
- Competence in using IT systems to complete forms and access information.
- Ability to work as part of a team.
- Ability to recognise the limits and boundaries of the role.