Our volunteer advocates are everyday people who come from a variety of backgrounds, need no formal qualifications and make a commitment to another person.
We offer a unique opportunity for volunteers to develop a lasting and meaningful advocacy partnership with another person that makes a real difference to their lives. You will gain real satisfaction of having put something back into the community.
What skills do I need?
- Sensitive to the needs of others.
- Supportive, understanding and non-directive.
- Good communication and listening skills.
- Able to set and maintain appropriate boundaries.
- Able to maintain and respect confidentiality.
- Able to empathise with and relate to people from different backgrounds.
- Ability to respect a person’s individuality in a non-judgmental way.
What is involved?
- To support partners within the guidelines and boundaries of the Project.
- To work with the partner in an empowering way in an effort to promote and encourage independence as far as is possible.
- To be vigilant on behalf of the partner and monitor situations in order to safeguard the partners interests.
- To raise with the appropriate service providers, any issues affecting the life of their partner.
- To support partners in building appropriate social support networks.
- To act in accordance with the wishes of the partner, respecting their rights and dignity, and working within the Volunteer Confidentiality Policy.
What do we offer our volunteers?
- Citizen Advocacy volunteers will complete a series of preparation training sessions.
- Further training and development sessions (internal or external) may be arranged where they complement the volunteers ability to perform their tasks.
- On-going support of the Volunteer Development Officer.
- One to one on-going support and supervision.
- Peer Support Group meetings.
- Agreed out of pocket expenses.
Most of all our volunteers tell us that they feel they make a lasting difference to the lives of those we support.
If this sounds like something you would like to do why not give us a call and we can arrange to meet for an informal chat where can tell you more about the work that’s involved. Please call 0121 520 8070 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org