Charity registered in Scotland SC023181

AdvoCard is a service user-led, independent advocacy organisation. Our services are primarily for people with experience of mental ill-health or problematic substance use in Edinburgh. We provide opportunities for people to participate more effectively in decisions that affect all aspects of their lives.

Current vacancies

Board Directors

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 3rd February 2020


About us:

AdvoCard is a well-established independent advocacy charity primarily serving people with experience of mental ill health in Edinburgh. We provide opportunities for people at risk of marginalization and exclusion to participate more effectively in decisions that affect all aspects of their lives, through individual and collective advocacy.

Our activities focus on people who use mental health services in the community and in hospital, people who are in prison, and people with problematic substance misuse. Last year through our staff and volunteers we provided advocacy for 976 individuals, and as the need and demand grows so our services are developing. We have recently extended our service to work in the prison and have developed a specific service to respond to welfare reform.

About the role:

Board members provide strategic support and guidance for our ongoing development, ensuring AdvoCard is solvent, well run and meeting its charitable objectives. We look for up to 50% of our Board members to include people with lived experience of the circumstances of the people we serve and who may have used our services.

About you:

We are looking for new Board Directors who share our passion about the importance of advocacy in enabling people to have choice and control of decisions in or about their lives. You will bring knowledge, experience and skills to support our strategic development, growth and diversification. Knowledge and experience in charity and voluntary sector finance; HR; Business management; strategic and partnership development; commissioning and contracting; advocacy, social care and health services would be especially useful.


·Attendance and active participation at monthly Board meetings, currently held during the day

·Attendance at our annual AGM

The total commitment is around 4 hours a month. In return we offer a highly rewarding role and all travel expenses.

Closed vacancies
This vacancy has now closed

Collective Advocacy Development Worker (Problematic Substance Use)

  • Part time
  • £23,781 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 6th December 2019

AdvoCard is looking to recruit a Development Worker who will develop and support collective advocacy for people who have problematic substance use in Edinburgh.

Successful candidates will have group work experience. You will have an awareness of the issues affecting people with problematic substance use issues, via either a paid or unpaid role, or your own lived experience.


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