Supporting others through advocacy  with POhWER (VG) (Ref: 1610)
 
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A variety of tasks make this role varied and interesting - it can also be tailored to a certain extent to suit individual interests.
You could find yourself acting as a Second Advocate, working and supporting experienced colleagues attending client meetings, where you would assist in making sure the clients needs are met. (A driving licence is preferred for this.)
You could be helping promote the service by attending networking events, advising the public or professionals on the support available, handing out leaflets etc.
You could also be assisting the community development worker with gathering client feedback, researching and arranging to meet community groups or attend events, plus other general admin which helps the service run smoothly.
What are they looking for?

Do you have some understanding of the health and social care services?
Are you a good communicator, with equally strong listening skills? Know when to ask for help but also able to use your initiative to ensure you comply with relevant policies whilst maintaining client confidentiality?
A reasonable standard of both written and spoken English is preferred together with computer skills but if you also have the ability to respect and value people as individuals, would be able to question and challenge in an assertive but sensitive manner, you could be ideal for this role.

Practical

Primarily office hours, ideally for a few hours per week. Some travel within Gloucestershire may be required.
Induction and training are provided and volunteer expenses are covered.
This role could be suitable for those with visual, hearing or mobility issues.

When: Mornings/Afternoons, Mon-Fri
Age requirements: Over 18
Where?

City Works, Offices 6-8, Alfred Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 4DF

About POhWER (VG)
 
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POhWER is a UK charity which supports people to get their voices heard. It provides the statutory advocacy services for Gloucestershire, through direct and local support via a team of professionals and volunteers. Services are free and independent, helping those struggling with difficulties in their lives, particularly those who have learning difficulties, over 65s, carers and those with mental health issues

The service provides information and support to help people to speak up about things that are important to them, things they are unhappy with or want to change.

Advocacy means enabling your voice to be heard, speaking for you when you can't and supporting you when you can. It is about supporting, enabling and empowering you to express your views and concerns and access information and services where needed, defending and promoting your rights and responsibilities so you can explore your choices and options.

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