Action for M.E. (South Ayrshire)

Charity registered in Scotland SC040452

Our vision is a world without M.E. Our mission is empowering people with M.E. to fulfil their potential and secure the care and support they need, while working towards a greater understanding of the illness and ultimately a cure. Alongside providing targeted information, support and advice to children, young people and adults with M.E., we offer peer-support services that reduce the isolation that so often comes with M.E. We work closely with professionals and policy-makers to improve access to appropriate care and support services, and collaborate with scientists, patients and clinicians to move biomedical research forward, including funding PhD studentships and co-leading Decode M.E., the world's largest M.E. DNA study.

Current opportunity

Action for M.E.’s free, independent one-to-one advocacy service supports adults (age 18 and over) living with a confirmed diagnosis M.E. across the UK, including those most severely affected. We also offer independent advocacy for children and young people with M.E., and support for their families. Advocacy is "taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy providers work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice," as defined by the Advocacy Code of Practice. We aim to: - Amplify your voice and empower you to stand up for your rights - Improve the support you receive from professionals, family, friends, services and other relevant individuals and organisations - Ensure you lead the work, with your needs, wishes and views at the centre of all actions we take - Share tailored information about your rights, entitlements and services you can access, supporting you to explore options and make informed decisions - Signpost or refer to other organisations. Become a volunteer advocate. Our service is recruiting in Scotland, where independent Volunteer Advocates will work from home, with full training and support provided by our experienced, friendly team. Are you a good listener with an empathetic, professional and methodical approach? Do you have two hours a week to support vulnerable adults with M.E.? You’ll work online/by phone to meet and represent clients, agree an action plan, undertake research, contact professionals and more.