Volunteers can perform a variety of roles dependent on the issues their advocacy ‘partner’ is experiencing. Sometimes this means working with a person to explore options and make decisions, sometimes it means speaking on a person’s behalf. Whatever the role all volunteers with Equal Say will be fully prepared and supported throughout their volunteer experience.There are some common features to every advocacy partnership we support; volunteers will mostly work with one person at a time, this 1:1 relationship is designed to promote loyalty to only one person and ensure the volunteer advocate has no other conflicts of interest. All the people we advocate for have an issue to resolve in their lives, this may be that their support package has been cut, they are at threat of homelessness or are being bullied by their neighbours, it may be something completely different but these examples will give you a flavour of our work. All the adults we work with have some degree of learning disability and are at a disadvantage because their rights are being denied or they are being ignored by others who should help.
All volunteers must complete a 15 hr training course which is designed to prepare them for their role. Because of the nature of this role, we require 2 references and volunteers are required to become members of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups scheme in respect of work with protected adults, which Equal Say will process at no cost to the volunteer.