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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 an 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.

Please take a look at our current list of job vacancies and the job description and person specification below.

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An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check and a driver’s license and access to a vehicle is essential 

[the company will pay for the DBS Check]

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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Job title: Independent Advocate [Northampton]

Part-time position 21 hours a week

Salary: £17,000.00 – 19,000.00 pro rata per annum

Must be willing to commute to NN11

Application deadline: 26th October 2018

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Job title: Independent Advocate, IMHA & RPR [Colchester / Ipswich]

Full/Part-time position 26-37.5 hours a week

Salary: £17,000.00 – 19,000.00 pro rata per annum

Must be willing to commute to IP6 & CO4

Application deadline: 26th October 2018

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Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate Advocate [South East of London]

Full time position 37.5 hours a week

Salary: £19,000.00 – 21,000.00 pro rata per annum

Must be willing to commute to SE6, SE13 & HA3

Application deadline: 1st November 2018

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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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Job title: Administration Assistant [Darlington]

Part-time position 15 hours a week (Must be able to work Tuesday/Friday)

Salary: £17,000.00 – 19,000.00 pro rata per annum

Must be willing to commute

Application deadline: 1st November 2018

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Job Description for Administration Assistant

  • Part time:15 hours per week (must be able to work Tuesdays and Fridays)
  • Must have relevant experience
  • Salary: £17,000-£19,000 dependent on experience and qualification
  • Immediate start preferable
  • Enhanced DBS certificate is required for this role

Application Deadline: Thursday 1st November 2018

Please note this job may close early if sufficient and suitable applications are received.

To apply please send CV and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work for a leading advocacy organisation. We are seeking an organised and motivated colleague to join our thriving administration team.

The right person for the job will be enthusiastic, have a confident understanding of small business and be an excellent listener. You will be self-motivated with a positive, mature and professional attitude.

You must be able to work individually, as well as part of a team. You will report directly to a senior administrator.

Employer Summary

A reputable nationwide advocacy service since 2007, Advent Advocacy provides a full range of advocacy services including Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IHMA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA), Care Act Advocacy, Children and Young Persons Advocacy, Generic Advocacy, Non-Instructed Advocacy and University Student Advocacy.

Your daily responsibilities will include but are not limited to;

  • Responding to telephone calls and taking the appropriate action
  • Providing professional administrative support to senior management
  • Preparing appointments and conference calls for the management team
  • Ensuring all mail is prepared and posted in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Cash handling and appropriate record keeping.
  • Ensuring all stock is up to date; marketing materials, ink cartridges and office supplies etc.
  • Other general office duties such as filing, photocopying and typing.

Skills required for this position

  • Good communication skills
  • Competent ICT – Microsoft Office (Office 365 and Sharepoint experience is desirable)
  • Polite and respectful telephone manner
  • Ability to deal with calls of a sensitive nature
  • Attention to detail
  • The ability to think and act in a flexible and pro-active manner

Personal qualities

  • Enthusiastic
  • Empathetic
  • Polite
  • Emotionally resilient
  • Smart appearance
  • Good time-keeping
  • Team player
  • Willingness to take on responsibilities

Qualifications

Essential: GCSE English and Maths

Desirable:Business & Administration Level 2 NVQ (or equivalent)

To apply please send CV and covering letter to jobs@adventadvocacy.co.uk

Application Deadline: Thursday 1st November 2018

Please note this job may close early if sufficient and suitable applications are received.