Citizen Advocate Lynebank Project

  • VO90000


Description

The Lynebank Project works with patients in the Forensic Learning Disabilities Unit’s at Lynebank Hospital. Citizen Advocates are matched up on a one to one basis with a vulnerable adult who is currently an in-patient, where they will provide support and understanding at what can be a difficult and unknowing time. One of the units is a Scottish multi-regional unit, where patients may be far from their family and friends, making them isolated and feeling alone.

Being matched with a Citizen Advocate volunteer who not only give some of their free time to help vulnerable people but specifically chooses to help you is incredibly significant and a powerful message that everybody counts and is worthwhile. While being an in-patient at the Learning Disability Forensic Units, if a person does not have family local, a Citizen Advocate may be the only person they see who is not paid to work with them.

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.

Availability

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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. They need to be able to put across the wishes of their Advocacy Partner, be patient, non-judgemental and be a good listener.
Travel details: This is a flexible opportunity with no set days, times or schedules. Volunteers and their partners can determine the frequency and how they meet, with most partnerships meeting within the Lynebank Hospital grounds. Due to Covid-19, many of our partnerships keep in touch through calling 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

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