New Year, New Training

Stockton District Advice & Information Service’s (SDAIS) next training programme for volunteers starts in the first week of January. It will include taught sessions, self-study, practical exercises and observation of advice work.

The training will give volunteers the opportunity to be amongst the first in the North-East to achieve a legal advice training qualification, the nationally-recognized Legal Advice Work Certificate. Volunteers will acquire the skills and consumer knowledge to advise clients on the following welfare areas; benefits, health and community care. They will follow this by studying towards the Citizens Advice Generalist Certificate in a wider range of advice areas, including debt, family and relationships and employment.

The training will be delivered each for two days a week for 18 weeks at The Cabin, Bridge Road. All volunteers will have their travel expenses paid by SDAIS. Stacey Rodham, who delivers the training, said: “It’s a really interactive way of learning and focused on the trainees. Our current cohort is from very diverse backgrounds with a range in their ages and experiences. They include recent graduates and former local authority staff. The group are really enjoying it and learning a lot. There really is a good team spirit here. Our volunteers can gain a nationally-recognized qualification that can help them progress in their careers and also make new friends.”

For an application form please contact Gina Shepherdson at SDAIS, telephone 01642 626112 or email