Volunteer Citizen Advocate
We have volunteering opportunities for Citizen Advocates to work in partnership with people who have mental health problems, learning difficulties and or physical disabilities. Advocates listen and speak up for individuals, so that they feel valued and part of society, ensuring their voice is heard.
Volunteering can also help you. You will be valued by the people you work with. Gain experience in the charity sector, which could lead to new opportunities, as well as build your confidence.
Our volunteers come from all walks of life, from students to retired teachers. If you have a couple of hours a month to spare please get in touch.
Contact 0191 2596662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
About Independent Advocacy North East
With the support of trained staff, we provide an advocacy service. This gives a voice to people who need support to make their own choices because they are disabled or because of health or social circumstances. It also enables them to have their individual needs and views respected and acted upon.
Citizen Advocates work on a one-to one basis with a vulnerable person. The person may have a learning disability, mental health problem, physical disability or be an older person living in the community or a care home.
Citizen advocacy is about creating a partnership with the aim of getting to know each other, and building trust, so that the volunteer can become an effective advocacy partner. The advocate is loyal to their partner and represents their interests as if they were their own.
What do volunteer advocates actually do?
Each of the roles will involve some or all of the following:-
• Meeting with the person and offering advocacy support
• Helping to identify the advocacy issues
• Agreeing with the person what action is to be taken by the advocate
• Obtaining information for the person about his/her rights and options to enable him/her to make an informed choice
• Practical tasks such as letter writing and making telephone calls
• Supporting the person at reviews, meetings and appointments
• Protecting the person's interests and 'speaking up' on their behalf
• Keeping necessary records
• Attending training and supervision/support meetings with advocacy workers
Independent Advocacy North East values the contribution that volunteers make to providing advocacy to vulnerable people. They provide different but equally valuable contributions, which complement the work of the paid staff. Volunteers bring a diversity of skills and experience to our work. They offer links with communities and extend advocacy to a wider range of people. Within our organisation the role of the volunteer is to advocate on behalf of individual service users.
Further information and Volunteer application forms can be found on our webpage – www.iane.org.uk
About Independent Advocacy North East
With the support of trained staff, we provide an advocacy and appointee service. This gives a voice to people who need support to make their own choices because they are frail or disabled or because of financial or social circumstances. It also enables them to have their individual needs and views respected and acted upon.
What skills do I need?
There are no formal qualifications required, just a willingness to complete the induction programme and have a DBS check done. There are though a variety of skills that would be very useful e.g. common sense, ability to communicate and listen, be able to problem solve and look up information, be empathic, trustworthy, confidential, reliable, people skills and a caring attitude.
- DBS check required
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 23/04/2018
End Date: 27/07/2020
Friends Action North East
Meadow Well Connected NT
Safe Families for Children
North Tyneside VODA
Healthwatch North Tyneside