Citizen Advocate (North East Fife)

  • VO87646


Description

Becoming a voluntary citizen advocate gives you a unique opportunity to meet and get to know someone living in your local area who needs the trusted, loyal and independent support of a long-term friend and advocate. Citizen Advocates help people who are looking for support to voice their views and thoughts on what is really important to them but who find it hard or impossible to do so by themselves because of a disability or mental health issue. Citizen Advocacy also supports people to become more included and active within their community, for example by joining groups or taking up sports and hobbies of interest to them.
Our advocates tell us: Being a citizen advocate is interesting, fun and very fulfilling
It brings out the best in me
It is a friendship but much more
I would recommend it to anyone who cares about others.

Organisation aims and objectives

Include Me recruits, trains and supports volunteers to become citizen advocates for vulnerable adults aged 16-65 in North East Fife. The development workers accept referrals from any source and the work to identify the best possible volunteer match for that individual. The organisation works with individuals affected by physical or learning disability, mental health issues (including Personality Disorder), chronic illness, Autism Spectrum Disorder, early onset Dementia and Acquired Brain Injury.

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3 hours per month

Restrictions

Experience required: You do not need to have any professional knowledge or experience to become someone's citizen advocate. You do need to be a good listener, have compassion and patience and agree that everyone should be respected, valued and treated as an equal.
Travel details: Include Me Citizen Advocacy covers the area of North East Fife. Citizen advocates and their advocacy partners meet at times and in places that are mutually agreeable to them.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Training details: They aim to provide as much support and information as each individual citizen advocate needs. They will e-mail/post information to you about citizen advocacy and their project & arrange a meeting/telephone/video call to introduce themselves and to answer any questions you might have. They will leave/send an application form to you If selected as a potential advocate, they invite you to their preparation training which may be in a small group or on a 1:1 basis depending on numbers. Preparation training usually involves 2 x 2.5hr sessions at a time and place to suit. If they make a successful match between a volunteer advocate and advocacy partner, they may arrange ongoing training to support the individual needs of the partnership if need be.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 5 months ago

Please note, organisations are currently experiencing a large volume of enquiries from people looking to help out. They may not always be able to meet this demand so please be patient, you may not receive a quick response or be assigned to a role.