EasyWeb NFP
£21,000 to £25,700 per annum
08 Oct 2018
21 Oct 2018
Candidate Services
Full Time
Contract Type

Our client supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. Providing advocacy and user involvement services across England, our client is a growing organisation working with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected. 

Position: Advocate 
Location: Peterborough, Cambridgeshire 
Job type: Full Time, Permanent 
Hours: 37.5 hours per annum 
Salary: £21,000 to £25,700 per annum 
Benefits: 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays; 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution; Salary sacrifice pension scheme; Cycle to work; Employee Assistance programme; Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance; Support with professional development 

Closing date for applications: 21st October, 2018 

About the role: 

Advocates support people who may be marginalised or vulnerable to speak up and be heard and contribute to the wider impact of the organisation. Their work strengthens voices, supports human rights and changes lives. Advocacy can be vital for people who cannot speak up for themselves, or people who feel they do not have the power to do so. Advocates work in the front line delivering positive outcomes for people they support breaking down complex information into various formats to empower individuals. Advocates will support and enable service users understanding of their options. Advocates empower individuals to communicate their views in decisions making process, empowering them to make challenges, or where necessary undertake challenges and ask pertinent questions on the person’s behalf where they are unable to do so for themselves. 

The role is office based, with extensive travel across the Peterborough & Cambridgeshire regions to care homes, hospitals and clients’ homes. 

About you: 

- Be passionate about empowering and enabling individuals to have their wishes, feelings, beliefs and needs taken into account 
- Demonstrate excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills 
- Have the ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties 
- Be experienced in influencing and working with health and social care professionals, legal services, care staff and family members 
- Be able to build good relationships with clients, health and social care professionals, legal professionals and carers 
- Be able to identify and act appropriately where issues of safeguarding individuals arise 
- Have strong IT skills to accurately record information in line with policy and current data standards 
- Be experienced in working with marginalised and vulnerable adults and or children 
- Be able to research complex and sensitive issues independently, using case law, national policy and guidance for advocates to work to resolution of issues 
- Be able to work to tight and changing deadlines 
- Be able to work independently 

Desirable skills or experience: 

- A full, clean UK driving license and access to own vehicle. There is extensive travel involved with this role 
- Hold or be working towards Independent Advocacy Qualification. 
- Knowledge and experience of the Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007), Care Act (2014) and Mental Capacity Act (2007) and The Principles of Human Rights and Advocacy 

If you don't already hold the Independent Advocacy Qualification, it is a requirement of the role that you complete this within 12 months of commencing employment. 

You may have experience of the following: Advocate, Advocator, Vulnerable Adults, Social Worker, Healthcare, Policy, Legislation, Support Worker, Charity, Third Sector etc. Advice & Guidance.

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