Location: Fife (Travel across the area, home based for administration)
Do you want to work with a leading advocacy charity organisation supporting those in need? Do you have experience of working or volunteering in welfare, support or health and social care and are looking for a new challenge? Are you keen to make a difference to people who want to be heard? Then join VoiceAbility.
VoiceAbility is looking for a new Advocate to join their team in Fife. They are seeking applicants who have transferable skills, a willingness to learn, and a desire to help those in need of support or already have a Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy.
VoiceAbility is an independent charity and one of the UK's largest providers of advocacy and involvement services. They deliver a wide range of service contracts funded by local authorities, health trusts, and other voluntary and private sector organisations. They've been supporting people to have their say in decisions about their health, care, and wellbeing for over 40 years. They make sure people are heard when it matters most.
For more information on what Advocacy is and the services offered then please visit www.voiceability.org.
About the role
This is an exciting opportunity for an Advocate to join the VoiceAbility team in Fife. Your role will be home-based for telephone referrals and administrative tasks, and you will travel around meeting clients who require face-to-face contact. This could be in their own homes and other suitable community venues across the area. Therefore, a driving licence, access to your own transport, and a suitable home internet connection is essential.
Full-time Advocates will work 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 09.00-17.00. Applicants who do not hold the Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy will start on £22,500 per annum.
VoiceAbility actively encourage applications from those who are long-term unemployed. Desirably, you will have some experience of working, providing welfare, supporting, or caring for adults or young people who have support needs, 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 should have worked or volunteered in health, social care, welfare, support services, education, or young person's services, or advice and guidance.
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. You will work resourcefully and collaboratively with the individuals you support. You'll be creative in your approach to empower our clients 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. This can be through 1-2-1 advocacy or in a group setting.
You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your professional abilities and you will make a real difference every day. Advocates are expected to be willing to gain or to already hold, the Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy with disciplines suitable for the role they work in.
28 days' annual leave plus bank holidays, pro rata for part-time Advocates
5% employer pension and 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
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. VoiceAbility are a Disability Confident employer, any applicant that identifies themselves as having a disability and can demonstrate that they meet all the essential criteria for the role will be offered an interview. If you need to apply in a different way, please contact[email protected]for further options.
Want to know more about VoiceAbility and the role? Please call Lindsay Armstrong, Team Leader, on 07811 709948
NB: If you don't already hold the Independent Advocacy qualification, and you are successful in your application, it is a requirement that you complete this within 12 months of commencing the training. VoiceAbility will fund this training.