Advocate

  • Full time
  • £22,000 – £29,000
  • Fife (Home based with travel across the area)
  • Closing 2nd October 2022


  • Advertised from 22nd September 2022
  • Potential to earn up to £29,000 subject to experience. Permanent.

Role

Do you want to work with a leading advocacy charity organisation?

Do you have strong customer relationship skills?

Are you keen to make a difference to people who want to be heard when it matters most?

Then come and join us here at VoiceAbility.

Who are we?

VoiceAbility is an independent charity and one of the UK’s largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. We deliver a wide range of service contracts funded by local authorities, Government, health trusts and other voluntary and private sector organisations.

We’ve been supporting people to have their say in decisions about their health, care, and wellbeing for over 40 years. We make sure people are heard when it matters most.

About the role

Due to contract growth, we have an exciting opportunity for an Advocate in Fife, to deliver and develop Social Security Scotland Advocacy. This is a permanent role, working full time, 35 hours a week.

Your role will be home based for telephone referrals and administrative tasks, and you will travel around your area to meet the demands of the service which includes networking with providers for signposting opportunities. Some areas may include remote locations without easy access to public transport; therefore, access to other forms of transport may be required. This could be in a client’s own homes and other suitable community venues across the Fife and occasionally the Dundee area.

About You

We are ready to support candidates to achieve excellent Advocacy Standards and gain advocacy experience.

You may have some experience of working, supporting, or caring for Adults or young people who have multiple support need, ideally for those with a variety of communication needs, mental ill health, physical health issues, or barriers to accessing education, training, benefits, employment, care and support.

You might have worked or volunteered in customer service, health, social care, education or young person’s services, or advice and guidance.

How will you make a difference?

You will be responsible for ensuring the individual’s wishes, feelings, beliefs, needs, and values are met to create positive outcomes for the people you support.

You will support people to speak up for themselves and grow in confidence, equip them to understand and exercise their rights and options, and will assist them in the decision-making process relating to accessing Scotland’s social security services.

You will work resourcefully and collaboratively with the individuals you support. You’ll be creative in your approach to empowerment by ensuring you meaningfully explain people’s options and rights to them. You’ll support individuals to fully participate in decisions affecting them and will make sure they have their voices heard.

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities and will make a real difference every day and offer support with professional development.

You will also receive:

• 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays (pro-rata for part time colleagues)

• 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution

• Salary sacrifice pension scheme

• Separate Life Assurance Cover

• Staff discount scheme including retail discounts, entertainment, holidays etc

• Discounted Gym Membership; Employee Assistance programme

• Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance with remote access to colleagues, managers, and staff intranet

• Support with continuous professional development

Equality and Diversity

VoiceAbility believes in fostering an inclusive workplace which welcomes, values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and partners, treats all on a basis of equality and encourages all to meet their maximum potential.

Important Dates:

Final date for applications: midnight on 2 October 2022.

Interviews via Teams: Week commencing 10 October 20200.

Application notes

To apply for this role please follow this link to our jobs page and click the ‘Apply Now’ button. Follow the instructions to create your account, upload your CV, and complete our short application form.

Don’t forget to read the person specification so you can tell us about yourself and how your skills, abilities and experiences match the role.

Hint: you can use work or voluntary experiences and examples to tell us why you should be our next Advocate.

Want to know more about VoiceAbility and the role?

Please call Karen Waters, Team Leader, on 07872 601 134for an informal chat.

We look forward to hearing from you.

VoiceAbility are a Disability Confident employer. If you need to apply in a different way, please email myhr@voiceability.org

NB:

• Unqualified Advocates will start at £22,000

VoiceAbility reserves the right to close this vacancy advert early.


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