Citizen Advocates

  • VO47286


Description

Equal Voice is looking for volunteers who might have an hour or so a week to give to change the life of a vulnerable person in Central Fife, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes & Leven areas.

Citizen Advocacy is when responsible local 'citizens' get to know a vulnerable person, to help that person express their needs, wants and interests, perhaps with different services or social activities.
Citizen Advocacy is based on a lasting friendship of respect and equality between two individuals and focuses on what the advocacy partner/vulnerable person wants.

The vulnerable person will be aged over 16 and may have a learning or physical disability, mental health problems or a chronic illness.
You will be matched with someone in your local area, and with whom you may share some interests. How much time you spend together/offering support, or what activities you do will be agreed between you and the advocacy partner. It can be any day or time that suits you both – Equal Voice can help you negotiate this.

Volunteers can offer support by telephone, messaging, or video chat as well as face to face if that is safe for both.

Equal Voice’s Young Persons Project provides a service for people aged 16-25 to include Citizen Advocacy in schools and colleges. Young volunteers are recruited within the school or college to support other young people managing their choice of transition from school into either college or into their local community.
For volunteers, you could be advocating on someone's behalf within a school or college setting, or for those leaving school, advocating on their behalf within their local community.

Organisation aims and objectives

Equal Voice is a Citizen Advocacy project. We are a registered charity and we provide independent advocacy for Central Fife residents who have a learning disability, physical disability or a mental health difficulty which makes them unable to look after their own affairs.

Our project offers assistance to adults aged 16 -65 years old who need support speaking up for themselves. Citizen Advocates develop a voluntary long-term partnership with a person who has a vulnerable adult who has difficulty being listened to or has difficulty speaking up for themselves.

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Each Citizen Advocacy Partnership is unique and is tailored to meet the needs of Advocate and Partner.

Restrictions

Experience required: Citizen advocates don't need any formal training or qualifications. A Preparation Course is provided and one-to-one training with an Advocacy development worker. Volunteers need to:- Have a sense of fairness. Be prepared to speak out on behalf of a vulnerable adult and safeguard their interests. Enjoy life. Seek new experiences.
Travel details: Equal Voice is based in Central Fife, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Leven and surrounding areas. Some travel may be needed but volunteers will be matched with someone local to them so that they are easily able to meet.
Minimum age: 16

Support

Training details: A Preparation Course is provided and one-to-one training with an Advocacy development worker.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer,
Wheelchair Access/Disabled Access Toilet

Last updated a month 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.