Advocacy Support Session Volunteer

  • VO97701


Description

Support Session Volunteer About this Opportunity:
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.

Organisation aims and objectives

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. Our aim We believe everyone 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. Our vision We will • deliver the best possible quality of support • be the provider of choice for the services we offer • be the source of authority for expert insight on voice and rights • be the place to work or volunteer with, for anyone who shares our aims

Availability

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Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Frequency and commitment details

Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Restrictions

Experience required: 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. Some beneficial skills and qualities to have are: • Good communication skills – written and verbal • Empathy and patience when dealing with clients • A knowledge of or interest in advocacy • A basic level of IT literacy – email, docs • Accuracy and attention to detail • Ability to manage own time and prioritise workload • Ability to work independently & as part of a team • A commitment to the aims and ethos of VoiceAbility
Travel details: Volunteers must be able to travel in local area (meet clients, networking etc.) We do not have an office in the local area. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer