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  • Volunteer Citizen Advocates
    with Equal Voice

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO47286 - Created/last updated: 04/08/2020


    About this opportunity:Equal Voice is looking for volunteers who might have a little time to give to change the life of a vulnerable person in Central Fife by becoming a Citizen Advocate.
    Citizen advocacy is when responsible local 'citizens' get to know a vulnerable person who is excluded from the community, in order to help that person, safeguard their needs and interests.
    Citizen Advocacy is based on a long-lasting friendship of respect and equality between two individuals and focuses on what the advocacy partner wants and helps them to put their own views forward.
    Equal Voice seeks Citizen advocates for people living in Central Fife who are over 16 and who may have a learning disability, mental health problems, chronic illness or a physical disability.
    The Citizen Advocate becomes a spokesperson and a friend who may support their Advocacy Partner:-
    By safeguarding their human rights and dignity.
    Offering practical help.
    By offering moral support.
    To become more connected in their local community.

    Equal Voice has recently received funding from the National Lottery for a Young Persons Project which has enabled us to expand our service for people aged 16-25 to include, Citizen Advocacy in schools and colleges. This is specifically for Young People managing their choice of transition from school into either college or into their local community.
    For volunteers, this could take the form of advocating on someone's behalf within the same school or college setting or alternatively, for those leaving school, advocating on their behalf, within their local community.
    The Lottery has also given us extra funding for age group 16-65 for vulnerable people living in the community which will allow us to further develop the service already offered.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:16
    Maximum age:no upper age limit has been specified
    Training provided:Citizen advocates don't need any formal training or qualifications. A Preparation Course is provided and one-to-one training with an Advocacy development worker.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?

    Experience required:Citizen advocates don't need any formal training or qualifications. A Preparation Course is provided and one-to-one training with an Advocacy development worker. Volunteers need to:- Have a sense of fairness. Be prepared to speak out on behalf of a vulnerable adult and safeguard their interests. Enjoy life. Seek new experiences.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; Interview; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsEqual Voice is based in Central Fife, Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Leven and surrounding areas. Some travel may be needed but volunteers will be matched with someone local to them so that they are easily able to meet.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

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