Advocacy Support Session Volunteer

  • VO91193


Description

Could you support unpaid carers or people with disabilities to access benefits? Could you help someone find local services? Could you help someone understand the information they have been given about their care and support? Could you support or lead a group of people on a topic of interest?

You could help improve the quality of someone’s life.

This role is ideal for social work students, an interest in the care sector or retired professionals.

Support Session Volunteers help our clients with general advocacy, supporting people with a variety of challenges. This helps us to reduce waitlists and support more individuals by:
• Helping clients understand about advocacy
• Supporting clients to self-advocate with our tool kits
• Signposting clients to other services where required
• Supporting the service to deliver “collective” advocacy sessions
• Light Touch Advocacy
• Supporting advocates with casework
• Promotion of services and the organisation
• Logging activity onto our systems

Volunteer, Ben’s priorities changed after a serious illness:
“I wanted to give something back. It’s really rewarding as you get to use your knowledge and skills for a really good purpose.”

You’ll develop skills in communication and confidentiality, add experience and knowledge to your CV, and know you’re making a genuine difference to people’s lives.

As a volunteer you’ll receive full training, support from the volunteer team and your local advocates, and paid expenses.

Volunteering with VoiceAbility is ideal for people who have or want experience in human rights, health, care and wellbeing - but we care more about your values and empathy than your level of experience.

Organisation aims and objectives

We’re an independent charity and one of the UK’s largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. We want to deliver the best possible quality of support to people so they are heard, respected, safe and in control of their own life. We believe that everyone, regardless of situation, illness or disability, has a right to: > be heard and respected > have the same choice, control and freedom as any other person > be safe from violence, discrimination, harm or abuse Everything we do is focused on achieving this aim.

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Volunteering hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm so that you are always supported by a paid staff member. We don't have an office base in the local area, so our advocates and volunteers work from their home or in the local area.

Frequency and commitment details

Commitment 6 Months 3 Hours, Weekly

Restrictions

No Gender Restriction, PVG and right to work check required Ability to travel on own around local area
Experience required: Computer / IT / Web,No Expertise, Caring,Good Communicator,Good Listener,Hard Working,Open minded,Organised,Patient,Reliable / Dependable,Sociable,Social Conscience,Team Player,
Travel details: The opportunity takes at multiple location across South Lanarkshire Across South Lanarkshire,Abington,Ashgill,Biggar,Blackwood,Blantyre,Bothwell,Braidwood,Cambuslang,Carluke,Carnwath,Carstairs,Chapelton,Coalburn,Coulter,Crawford,Crawfordjohn,Crossford,Dalserf,Dolphinton,Douglas,Douglas Water,East Kilbride,Elsrickle,Elvanfoot,Forth,Glasgow,Glassford,Glespin,Halfway,Hamilton,High Blantyre,Jackton,Kirkfieldbank,Kirkmuirhill,Lamington,Lanark,Larkhall,Law,Leadhills,Nemphlar,Netherburn,New Lanark,Newton,Quarter,Ravenstruther,Rigside,Roberton,Rutherglen,Sandford,Stonehouse,Strathaven,Symington,Tarbrax,Thankerton,Uddingston,Wandel,Wiston,Airdrie,North Lanarkshire
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Expenses will be reimbursed via BACS
Taster available: Yes
Training details: In-depth training programme made up of both Teams training sessions and e-learning including: - Information on VoiceAbility and our aims - What is advocacy? - Learning about Social Security Scotland and benefits - Safeguarding - Salesforce training - Much more!
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer