Citizen Advocate (including Youth): Friendship Changing Lives Project

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Due to Covid-19 we have currently stopped all face to face meetings but continue to look for new volunteers. Dunfermline Advocacy remains committed to making sure vulnerable adults in West Fife are supported with their advocacy needs. We are continuing all work via phone, email and video calling.

The Friendship Changing Lives Project supports vulnerable adults within local communities across West Fife, who are affected by loneliness and isolation, from young adults to older adults.
Citizen Advocates come from all walks of life and have a shared commitment to help vulnerable adults. Citizen Advocates provide invaluable support and friendship through:
Listening to someone in need, trying to understand the challenges they face, their point of view, what makes them feel good and valued.
Understanding their situation and what may be stopping them from getting what they want.
Offering support to tell other people what they want or introducing them to others who may be able to help.
Helping someone to know what choices they have and what the consequences of these choices might be.
Enabling a person to become more independent and have more control over their life.
Encourage hobbies and interests, so that mutually enjoyed activities can be shared.
Improving social networks to reduce social isolation.

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.











Experience required: We look for ordinary responsible people, with a positive attitude towards people with a disability. They need to be able to put across the wishes of their Advocacy Partner, be patient, a good listener and willing to make an open ended friendship.
Travel details: Across West Fife within community settings, at locations and times to suit both partners. Some travel will be needed but volunteers will be matched with someone they are easily able to meet with. No travel expenses are paid.
Minimum age: 16


Training details: Every volunteer will be required to undergo a PVG check, provide 2 character references and complete the Advocate Preparation Training before being matched with a vulnerable adult. There will be a number of further training opportunities that will be offered to each volunteer but not essential. Each volunteer will be allocated to a development worker who will provide on-going support through informal one-to-one meetings.
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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.