AVoice Advocacy Volunteer

The Care Forum (Bristol)

Name: AVoice Advocacy Volunteer
Organisation: The Care Forum (Bristol)
Location: The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ, BS16 2QQ

Description

Would you like to support victims of crime and antisocial behaviour?
Are you patient, compassionate and a good listener?
Do you want everyone to be empowered to have a voice, be heard and challenge inequality?
Become an Advocacy volunteer with AVoice and make a real difference to someone’s life.

Advocacy is all about making sure that people have their voice heard in important decisions that affect their lives. It is about empowering people, particularly people who are vulnerable in society, to access information and understand and stand up for their rights so they can positively move forwards.

AVoice volunteers help people understand the criminal justice process, access support services to help them to cope and recover from a hate crime, explore their options and make informed decisions.

AVoice works with people who have learning and physical disabilities, mental health issues and/or enhanced needs because of their age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Why do people volunteer with us?

- because "social equality is important to me"
- "to support people to take control when they feel powerless"
- "to gain experience supporting vulnerable clients for my career"
- "to do something meaningful in my community." - Quotes from AVoice volunteer advocates

What will I do as a Volunteer Advocate?
• undertake casework and meet with clients, sometimes with a paid advocate
• take notes, write letters, keep written records and research information to support your client
• attend advocacy drop ins
• always give the clients view and not your own when speaking to others on clients’ behalf.

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Cause / Interests

  • Disability
  • Victim Support
  • Social Care
  • Crime

Types of Activity

  • Legal Work
  • Counselling

Skills and Qualifications

Requirements

How much time will the role take?

• on average our advocates give around 2 hours a week
• the days and amount of time you give is flexible and will vary dependent on the client you are working with
• volunteers need to be available sometime within a working week (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm).

We actively welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds.

To find out more about volunteering with AVoice in Somerset please contact Steffie Denton at The Care Forum on steffiedenton@thecareforum.org.uk or 0117 9589 308.
Will require a criminal record check (DBS)
Own vehicle or access to a vehicle
Talking to others
Listening
Teamwork
Reading & Writing


Benefits

What is expected of me as an AVoice volunteer advocate?

• support one client at a time for the duration of their case
• commit 2 hours a week or 8 hours a month of your time to volunteering, for at least 12 months
• follow lone working, safeguarding and confidentiality policies
• attend volunteer support and participate in on-going training
• keep the advocacy team updated on the progression of a case
• inform the office if you cannot keep a commitment

What personal qualities are we looking for in our volunteer advocates?

• committed to helping people take control of their lives
• non-judgmental, empathic and respecting of all others, whilst maintaining professional boundaries
• willing to challenge discrimination, inequality and prejudice
• ability to separate your own experiences from other people’s issues and remain impartial
• ability to assist and support people who may be disempowered, vulnerable and/or distressed
• ability to assist and support people
• patient, compassionate and reliable

What experience or skills are we looking for?

• good listening and verbal communication skills
• good basic literacy skills, for instance to be able to take notes and write letters
• experience of self-advocacy (e.g. making a complaint) and / or supporting someone through a difficult situation (this is not a necessity.)

We actively welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds.
Talking to others
Listening
Teamwork
Reading & Writing
Counselling

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: NA
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: NA
Restrictions: Age/Gender Restrictions: None
Induction: NA
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: NA

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