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Advocacy Worker

At AdvoCard our highly valued team of Volunteer Advocacy Workers deliver a vital 1:1 independent advocacy service to mental health service users living in the community in Edinburgh. Our volunteers come with a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience. What they all share is a commitment to advocacy and a belief that mental health service users should have their voices heard and their rights respected. AdvoCard’s trained volunteers work with service users to listen and explore options.

About AdvoCard - Leith Walk

AdvoCard is a service user-led, independent advocacy organisation. Our services are primarily for people with experience of mental ill-health in Edinburgh. We provide opportunities for people to participate more effectively in decisions that affect all aspects of their lives. Individual advocacy - trained volunteers and paid workers assist people around the wide range of issues that affect their lives. AdvoCard has offices serving both community-based service users, as well as hospital inpatients. Collective advocacy - AdvoCard supports groups of people who use mental health services. The group members support each other, as well as campaigning on common issues.

Experience Required

1. A belief that mental health service users should have their voices heard and rights respected. 2. A non-judgemental attitude and open mind. 3. A willingness to learn and examine your own personal attitudes. An interest or experience in mental health services useful, but not essential. Appropriate life skills and experience necessary.

Training Details

AdvoCard's 10 session training for new Volunteer Advocacy Workers is run twice a year, in the Spring and the Autumn.

Flexibility & Commitment

School Holidays;Term Time;Flexible

Minimum 2 hours per week, more available. During office hours, Mon-Fri.

Location/Travel Details

Most appointments with service users happen at our office at 332 Leith Walk (Lothian Buses 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 49) just past Pilrig Church. Other appointments may happen elsewhere by prior arrangement.

Expenses

We pay public transport rates plus following rates: car @ 40p. per mile; motorcycle @ 24p. per mile; cycle @ 20p. per mile. Childcare or carers expenses available. Advance payments can be made for larger amounts.

Accessibility Details

  • Childcare
  • Named Contact For Volunteer
  • Wheelchair Access, Disabled Access Toile
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