One To One Advocacy Caseworker (The Hive)

Advocacy Volunteers needed to help adults with learning disabilities to speak out about important things in the lives. One-to-One Advocacy Caseworker involves speaking out or supporting an individual to speak out about their needs, views and wishes and the following:

  • Gathering and presenting up to date information to ensure the client can make informed choices and NOT giving advice.
  • Listen to service users and discussing options NOT imposing views or opinions
  • Corresponding with professionals or family members with the service users permission.
  • Representing the clients expressed views but NOT taking action independently
  • Agreeing a plan of action and identifying initial actions, outcomes and timescales but NOT being prescriptive or inflexible.
  • Where a client cannot give clear instructions taking time to get to know them and seeking alternative forms of communication.

 

Attitudes and values

  • Commitment to helping others take control of their lives .
  • Non Judgemental attitude.
  • Understanding and empathetic.
  • Willing to challenge discrimination and prejudice.
  • Commitment to equal opportunities practice ie challenging racism, sexism, ageism and disability.
  • Commitment to client confidentiality.
  • Patience, sense of humour, reliability, commitment, enthusiasm.

 

Skills and experience

  • Experience working with people with learning disabilities (desirable).
  • Good listening and verbal communication skills (essential).
  • Experience of supporting someone through a difficult situation (eg making a complaint) or advocacy experience.
  • The capability to assist and support people who may be disempowered, vulnerable and distressed.
  • The skill to assist and support people to speak up for themselves.
  • The ability to separate your own views from that of other peoples.
  • Interest in developing new skills.

Time committment: 15 hours per month, between Monday - Friday.

Will require a criminal record check (DBS), and references.

 

 

Type: 

Administration
Befriending and Support
Event and Group Support

Organisation: 

The Hive (Avon) Ltd

Location: 

South Gloucestershire wide

Time Commitment: 

1-3 hours per week

Age: 

over 18

Closing Date: 

Ongoing until further notice