Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service

Charity registered in Scotland SC036075

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.

Current opportunities

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.

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service is a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. To be a Trustee in our organisation is an exciting and fulfilling role. We feel that our Board benefits from recruiting individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences and skillsets. The role of our Trustees is to ensure that Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service fulfils its duty to its beneficiaries and delivers on our strategic objectives, mission statement and principles and standards. The duties of our Trustees are: to ensure the organisation complies with its governing document (Articles and Memorandums), to ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document, to contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy and evaluating performance against agreed targets, to safeguard the good name and values of the organisation and to ensure the financial stability of the organisation.