Self-Advocacy Assistant

  • VO38347


Description

Self-advocacy Assistants will support a group of self-advocates with learning disabilities and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The group work revolves around the needs of the self-advocates and the topics that are most important to them. Issues and topics may be tackled creatively in a variety of ways depending on the group and the unique skills each volunteer brings.

Through discussion and activities self-advocates develop confidence, communication skills and awareness. Self-advocacy assistants and self-advocates contribute equally to discussions; learning to respect each other’s opinions.

The groups also take part in social events out in the community, such as dinners or discos. Fun is at the centre of all the work we do at Advocating Together.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to attend peer supervision and training sessions throughout the year to discuss progress or problems, and expand their knowledge and skills.

Organisation aims and objectives

We run self-advocacy groups for adults with learning disabilities and / or autistic spectrum disorder with the aim of improving their confidence and communication skills, developing the awareness of their rights and responsibilites, enabling them to take more control over their own lives and to comment more effectively on services provided.

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Minimum 2 hours per fortnightly, additional 2 hours every 2-3 months for peer supervision and training. Six-month minimum time commitment

Restrictions

Experience required: Must have a positive and non-judgemental attitude towards people with LD and/or ASD. Be able to get on well with people and have strong listening and communication skills. You must be prepared to work with people on a 1:1 basis, in small groups and at large events in various locations. Must be willing to undergo a PVG check..
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are paid per session at the price of a Dundee Daysaver ticket.
Training details: Induction Training is provided introducing volunteer to the organisation and informing them of our ethos, policies and procedures. Regular peer group support and supervision. Volunteers are encouraged to maintain a commitment to further training and personal development.
Support: Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet,
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