Could you be our megaphone?
Do you have a strong sense of Justice?
Do you have an understanding of current social issues and their impact on the local and wider community?
Could you spare a few hours per week to help your Citizens Advice Portsmouth?
We are looking to recruit a small team of volunteers to help with our research and campaigns work.
Citizens Advice use information from the issues brought into Citizens Advice by clients, to help bring about real change by influencing local and national policy.
Our research and campaigns team help and support our staff and volunteers recognise and record suitable cases for Research & Campaigns work.
They work with local and national groups involved with Research and Campaigns work.
They report directly to the Management Team and Trustee Board on matters of Research & Campaigns.
The role can be rewarding in many ways, making new friends, being part of a team of like minded volunteers and really making a difference to the people of Portsmouth.
Here are a couple of examples of campaign that Citizens Advice is currently running;
‘Dialing Down Debt’
Mobile phones are becoming an essential part of everyday life. Yet despite being described as the “fourth utility”, research conducted by Citizens Advice found that mobile phone debt collection practices in the UK are falling behind when compared to similar markets, such as energy and water. This must change.
Citizens Advice is campaigning for fairer debt collection practices across the mobile phone sector that work better for everyone: clients, advisers, and suppliers.
Citizens Advice is running a campaign aimed at improving the private rented sector.
- No renter should ever have to pay excessive and inexplicable fees for the basic services a letting agent provides. We want to see the letting agent fee ban announced in the Autumn statement brought in as soon as possible.
- No renter should be evicted simply for complaining about bad conditions.
- No renter should ever be left out of pocket after renting a home which proves to be dangerous or uninhabitable. We want tenants to be supported when applying for rent refunds where the property they're living in is dangerous or not fit to live in.
- No renter should be at the mercy of rogue landlords who consistently break the rules, taking deposits unlawfully, harassing tenants or renting substandard homes. We want renters to be able to access the new rogue landlords database.
If you think you have the passion and enthusiasm to win hearts and minds, or want more information, please contact us.