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Nationwide Advocacy Service

Vacancies

Do you think you have the personal qualities and attributes to be an Advocate?

We are committed to delivering an excellent service for our Clients, and we are seeking dedicated and proactive individuals with a proven track record of having an impact when supporting vulnerable groups, to join our fast-growing and supportive team. An awareness of the nature of learning disabilities, equality and diversity, and the ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently is essential to the post. Experience or knowledge of working with those with learning disabilities and mental health diagnoses would be preferred.

Currently no vacancies 

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The role of the Advocate:

Job Purpose:

Advocates work with a wide range of service users to ensure that an individual’s unique views, wishes and preferences are expressed clearly and are central to care planning and decision making.  An advocate will help service users to speak up and act for themselves and will facilitate supported decision making.  This can include listening and providing information and representing someone’s views by speaking on their behalf.

Key duties:

  1. Advocating for individuals with learning difficulties and/or mental health difficulties
  2. Supporting service users to ensure that their views, preferences and choices form a key part of decision-making processes
  3. Providing service users with information about their rights, care and treatment
  4. Helping service users understand the information given to them and the options available
  5. Liaising with key healthcare professionals including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses and key workers on behalf of the service user
  6. Attending key meetings when required
  7. Working in a non-instructed capacity when necessary

Person Specification:

  • Excellent listening and communication skills will be essential to build good relationships with service users and health professionals
  • Direct experience working with individuals with learning difficulties. Knowledge and experience of working with people of the autistic spectrum would be an advantage
  • An ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties
  • An awareness of diversity and an ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently and quickly
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • A flexible and reliable approach to work
  • Experience and sound working knowledge with MS Office required
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007), the Care Act (2014) and the Mental Capacity Act (2007) would be preferred

Advent Advocacy is committed to building a culture where all employees are valued, encouraged and respected. We take pride in providing a workplace that fosters continuous professional development, flexible working and opportunities to grow within an inclusive and diverse environment. We are a creative and supportive team of professionals with a defined team ethos. As an organisation, we believe in unconditional positive regard for each other and for the service users for whom we work. Advent Advocacy team members benefit from weekly supervision, access to a Reflective Practice facilitator, and a bespoke training and development programme.

Advent Advocacy welcomes applications irrespective of disability, creed, age, ethnic origin, gender or sexuality.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.

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To apply please send a completed application form and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Form: Advent_Advocacy_Application_Form

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