Short-Term Citizen Advocate

  • VO89932


Description

Do you have time through the week to support adults at key times of vulnerability and need? Do you have an interest or passion to speak out for vulnerable people and ensure their views are heard? Would you like to learn new skills, enjoy ongoing training and support? Short-term advocates come into contact with the health and social care system in Fife, as well as a variety of professionals and gain valuable experience of supporting a person.

Advocacy support can involve attending formal or informal meetings, helping to make a complaint, contacting existing or new services or giving support with navigating through the benefits system. This project works with vulnerable people with learning disabilities or autism, mental ill-health, physical disabilities or chronic ill-health in the West Fife Community when there. is a more immediate issue to address and the partnership will usually end when this is resolved. Volunteers will be matched on a one-to-one basis to support local, vulnerable adults with issue-based advocacy. Often people who are problem solvers, enjoy Short-Term Advocacy.

Organisation aims and objectives

We create citizen Advocacy Partnerships by matching responsible local citizens with people who are vulnerable in some way. We aim for these partnerships to be long-term, but also we provide crisis advocates in cases of urgent need. Through our work we aim to help build a fairer community. Where people with a learning disability, physical disability or mental health issue are able to speak out and have their voice heard.

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No minimum, regular contact as agreed by partnership according to need – very flexible

Restrictions

Experience required: Dunfermline Advocacy look for ordinary responsible people, with a positive attitude towards vulnerable people. Volunteers need to be able to put across the wishes of their Advocacy Partner, be patient, non-judgemental and be a good listener. Often people who are problem solvers, enjoy Short-Term Advocacy.
Travel details: This is a flexible opportunity with no set days, times or schedules. Volunteers and their partners can determine their needs and where to meet, which varies by partnership. Due to Covid-19, many of our partnerships keep in touch through calling, texting or video calls, as well as in person when possible.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Training details: Induction will consist of 1:1 training with staff member & group training with other volunteers – training currently all provided online. Ongoing training on offer on a regular basis as relevant. Support always available as needed from a named staff member with regular review meetings for support.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated 5 months ago