Advocacy Support Volunteer

Advocacy Support Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
People with disabilitiesOlder people
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Assisting Independent Advocates during client visits; ensuring safety protocols are followed; occasional follow up research

Detailed description

By volunteering for POhWER you will have an opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives by helping them to get information, speak up and get their voice heard.

This role predominantly involves supporting an Independent Advocate (IA) during client visits across Gloucestershire. The volunteer will act as a secondary person to assist the IA in gaining the client’s views whilst helping ensure safety protocols are followed. IAs may also ask the Advocacy Support Volunteer to make brief notes during the meetings and/or utilise their research skills following meetings to help progress the client’s case.

This is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to gain experience in advocacy with the potential to move into a paid role, as job opportunities arise.

Volunteers will need to be able to transport themselves to and from meetings. Expenses including travel will be paid in line with POhWER’s policy.

Openness to learning and reliability is essential to all roles. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to develop the skills listed in the role descriptions below. Volunteers will be supported by the Volunteer Coordinator and given the opportunity to be mentored by an Independent Advocate.

All roles will be subject to DBS checks (provided by POhWER) and volunteers will be expected to adhere to GDPR (data protection regulations).

Skills to build: Time-keeping, Good Communication, Listening, Adaptable, Note-keeping, Relationship Building, Safety and Safeguarding awareness (training will be given).

Benefits: Training provided, Travel expenses paid, Gain experience of advocacy Mentoring scheme.

Training: Volunteer Induction, Health and Safety Training, Safeguarding.

What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About POhWER

POhWER help people who, because of disability, illness, social exclusion and other challenges, find it difficult to express their views or get the support they need.

Our mission is to empower people to have a voice and make a real difference to their lives. We do this by speaking for them when they can't and supporting them to speak for themselves when they can.

We are a charity and the advocacy, information and advice services we provide are free, independent and confidential.

As an independent organisation we are separate from the government, local councils and the NHS and we always put the wishes and needs of the people we work with first.