Volunteer Independent Advocate

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The role with Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service is to provide Independent Advocacy to vulnerable people across Dumfries and Galloway. To both empower and enable clients to be heard and to take as much control of their situation as is possible. Being an Independent Advocate involves listening and making sure the client’s thoughts and wishes are understood and that the clients' voice is heard. It is about the client being in control of their situation.
As well as having face-to-face and virtual meetings with your client there will be a requirement for all meetings and communications on the progression of the client’s case to be kept electronically. For this reason, you must have access to a laptop / computer, the internet and a landline or mobile phone. You must be able to keep confidences (organisational exceptions) and boundaries, express yourself clearly in verbal / written form, work as part of a team and on one’s own, be able to use email, word etc and carry out work electronically.

You will also be required to attend meetings with the client and source information to allow the person to make informed choices. You will make a difference to other people’s lives; develop new skills and meet new people and you will work alongside a small friendly team.

Organisation aims and objectives

We are a value based organisation focused on delivering issue based advocacy that is independent, confidential and accessible to all who experience vulnerability. We support and promote the development of high standards and principles in independent advocacy at a local and a national level, in partnership with, and independently of, other organisations. We defend the rights of those in most need to services and to inclusion in the planning of those services, and we work towards empowering them to take part, and also influence service providers to listen to those that use their services.












Experience required: You will receive training in independent advocacy, learning disability, the mental health(care & treatment) (Scotland) act 2003, adult support and protection as well as listening and communication skills and much more. You will be mentioned and have access to peer support and supervision. The skills you will learn are transferable and could be added to your CV to help with any future employment and if required we can also support you with a reference.
Travel details: Head Office- 9 Church Crescent Dumfries DG1 1DF We require volunteers across the region to work within their local community.
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed.
Training details: The volunteers are given basic training in advocacy, ongoing training support..
Support: Childcare,
Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

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