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 gshepherdson@stockton-cab.co.uk