Citizen Advocate

  • VO36277


Description

We have great volunteering opportunities at Angus Independent Advocacy (AIA). We are looking for Angus residents to become Citizen Advocate's. An ideal Citizen Advocate will share our core purpose of supporting people to have their voice heard and uphold our Values. They must be aged 18+, are non- judgemental and have good communication and listening skills. All Citizen Advocates undergo a PVG check and must provide 2 references. We also ask that all new Citizen Advocates complete our preparation course. The purpose of this course is to give the person a better understanding of what Citizen Advocacy is and the principles and standards that underpin our work, focusing on; inclusion, confidentiality, non-discriminatory practice and adult protection.

Main purpose of the role:

  • To connect with people who may have a learning disability, mental ill health, acquired brain injury, have dementia or are an older person.
  • Independent advocacy is a 1:1 equal partnership between an advocacy partner and citizen advocate. The citizen advocate will bring the concerns of the partner into ordinary life and help the partner to connect with their local community.

A Development Worker will support you until you are matched with an Advocacy Partner. Our volunteering is unique as once you are matched as an equal Partnership, there are no set hours it is up to the two people when they want to meet or talk. Have a look at some of our Stories for examples of what may be involved in a Partnership.

To become a Citizen Advocate or to find out more information, register your interest here or call our office on 01241 434413.

Organisation aims and objectives

To provide accessible independent advocacy within Angus for adults who have: a mental health problem, a learning disability, dementia, an acquired brain injury or who are frail and elderly.

Restrictions

Experience required: Caring, good listener, good verbal skills - patience, Non Judgemental, belief in equality, understands confidentiality
Travel details: In local area as far as possible, all within Angus boundaries
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses details: Currently we are unable to offer travel expenses for this role.
Training details: Regular support and training, peer support
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

Last updated 4 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.