At The Advocacy People we provide high quality, confidential, independent advocacy services, supporting clients in having a voice in the way they are cared for, the services they receive and decisions that are made about their lives.
Advocates work with clients to express their views, wishes and feelings, helping those who are particularly vulnerable and/or excluded to deal with issues which are important to them, ensuring they have a say in the services they receive.
Our Wessex team is looking to recruit a full-time advocate to work with vulnerable people living with, for example, Mental Health Issues, Learning Disabilities, Autism and Dementia either in the community, Care Homes or in hospital, ensuring their voices are heard about the things that are important to them and safeguarding their rights.
Consistency of performance in an environment where maintaining quality and standards is of the utmost importance. We are looking for someone resilient, approachable, methodical, self-disciplined, patient and diplomatic while providing empathy and understanding with clients and other stakeholders without compromising the independence of the advocacy role.
A working knowledge of Microsoft Office is essential. You should have excellent verbal and written communication, listening and negotiation skills and be used to liaising with key stakeholders at a variety of levels. An understanding of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, Care Act and experience working in health or social care would be an advantage.
Ideally you should have a Level 3 Qualification in Advocacy, however we can offer training if necessary; we provide all necessary supervision and support. Ultimately we are looking for people that share our passion in making a difference in vulnerable peoples lives.
This role is home based so you will need a stable home broadband and have reliable mobile phone coverage. It also involves regular travel within the Wessex region so access to your own transport is essential.*
*During times of restrictions due to the pandemic, there is more focus on contact by telephone or video calls. The Advocacy People have a robust Risk Assessment in place for when face to face meetings can be offered in both NHS settings and within the wider community.
This position is subject to enhanced DBS and Eligibility to Work checks.
All invited applicants will need to provide evidence (photographic where possible) of their eligibility to work in the UK at their interview. New employee start dates will only be confirmed once relevant checks have been completed and satisfactory references received.
Application forms, Job descriptions and relevant policies and guidance are available at: https://www.theadvocacypeople.org.uk/job-vacancies