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Information & Advice Adviser

Ashburton (Hybrid)
Up to £24095 per annum
Job description

Age UK's National Advice Line is recruiting for Information & Advice Advisors.

Our team provide a vital service available to older people and anyone seeking advice to support an older person in need. Our team of trained Advisors are dedicated to providing accurate, impartial and comprehensive information and advice to help support those in later life.

In height of a UK housing and energy crisis, many older people in the UK are in desperate need of advice and support. Due to the growing demand of this fantastic service, we are recruiting for some Information and Advice Advisors to join this friendly and supportive team.

If you are looking for an exciting and fulfilling career with a large National Charity that challenges injustice and makes a real difference to older people across the country, then we would love to hear from you!

The successful post holder will have excellent communications skills with the ability to provide accurate, often complex information in a clear and empathic way, offering advice over the phone and by email.
In this role you will receive several weeks of extensive specialist training based on the current legislation relevant to older people's rights and welfare, enabling you to offer an in-depth advice service to phone and email enquirers from across England. You will help them to understand and implement their legislative rights in areas such as community care, housing, income and benefits and many other issues related to later life.

This role offers hybrid working between home and either our Blackpool office, surrounded by excellent amenities or our Ashburton office, situated on the edge of the beautiful Dartmoor National Park. Our team work from the office at least 1 day a week, but that can be more if you prefer.

Must haves:

* Excellent active listening
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Proficient in the use of IT e.g., Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Teams, and SharePoint
* Previous experience of using multiple IT systems including CRM and other applications at the same time
* Ability to handle and present clearly and concisely large amounts of subject knowledge, often of a complex nature, both orally and in writing
* Accurate and attentive to detail
* Calm, empathic, compassionate
* Committed to providing a high quality service
* Committed to a team working approach.

Great to haves:
* Experience of providing information and advice on the telephone or face to face
* Experience of working with older peoples' issues
* Experience of working with social care/benefits
* An academic qualification at degree level.

What we offer in return

  • Competitive salary, 26 days annual leave + bank holidays + annual leave purchase scheme
  • Excellent pension scheme, life assurance, health cashback plan and EAP
  • Car Benefit Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme and Season Ticket Loan
  • Techscheme - buy any tech from Apple or Currys, up to £1000, and spread the cost over 12 months, interest free
  • Blue Light Card Scheme
  • You Did It Awards - recognition awards from £100-250.

Additional Information

All CVs will be anonymised by our recruitment system when you apply for a role at Age UK. Please note that our system is unable to anonymise cover letters, and we would therefore ask that to support the work we are doing on making our recruitment selection process fairer and more unbiased, that you remove any personal information from your cover letter/supporting statement, including your name before uploading this. All equalities monitoring information is also anonymised and not shared with the hiring panel. Your name and address will only be known to us once you are invited for an interview.

Age UK is an Equal Opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates, regardless of age, sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital/civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria under the Disability Confident Scheme. Please note that on occasion, due to high numbers of applications, Age UK reserves the right to limit the overall number of interviews offered, and therefore, it may not always be practicable or appropriate to interview all disabled people that meet the minimum criteria for the job.

Age UK is committed to safeguarding adults at risk, and children, from abuse and neglect. We expect everyone who works with us to share this commitment.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert at any time.

Age UK politely requests no contact from recruitment agencies or media sales. We do not accept speculative CVs from recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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Age UK View profile Company size Size: More than 1000
Posted on: 22 May 2024
Closed date: 05 June 2024 at 14:24
Job ref: Grp01327
Tags: Advice, Information