Advocate (Dementia Charity)
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Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, improve care, fund research, and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
Location: Cardiff (Oldwell Court), Wales
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 35 per week
Salary: £20,345 actual per annum
Closing date: 11 December 2018
Interview date:18 December 2018
About the role:
This role will cover Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, but will also provide advocacy support to the surrounding team members in South East Wales when required.
As part of a small team of advocates you will provide free, independent advocacy to people with a diagnosis of dementia. Empowering and supporting your service users to express their views, wishes and concerns. You will be working to protect their rights and secure their entitlements as well as helping in times of transition and crisis. The service is unique to each service user as it is based upon their personal circumstances and support needs.
Additional to the advocacy role there will be an emphasis on networking and promotion to raise awareness of the Advocacy service and the needs of people with dementia. Within this role it is essential that you build relationships with a wide and diverse range of local contacts including, but not limited to, local social service teams, memory assessment services, GPs, mental health services, hospital discharge teams and other community based organisations.
We are looking for someone who ideally has a National Advocacy Qualification, or equivalent. With a proven understanding of the principles of Advocacy and the rights of people with dementia. Sound understanding of legislations such as the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act 2014, Mental Health Act 2007 and Mental Capacity Act 2005 are key to being successful in this role along with understanding of safeguarding practices and legislation.
We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with an understanding of dementia and the needs of those affected by dementia. An ability to assess the service user needs along with an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is essential.
To be successful in this role, you will have excellent communication skills. This role requires regular use of IT packages, therefore a good standard of IT would be desirable.
You will be responsible for your own caseload therefore the ability to manage your own time effectively is essential. Your caseload will be varied so we are looking for someone with the right mix of enthusiasm, professionalism and flexibility who is able and willing to work in a variety of settings.
As part of an all Wales team the ability to travel independently throughout Wales is essential as regular meetings and networking events will be held across the nation.
Our employees work hard every day to make a true difference in people's lives. We are proud to support them with a range of benefits, recognition and many options for working agilely. All contributing to a strong work life balance. We also have various learning programmes to support you in your development and help you grow to realise your potential and shape a career with Alzheimer's Society.
Alzheimer’s Society is committed to equal opportunities.
You may have experience of the following: Advocate, Advocator, Dementia, Social Worker, Healthcare, Policy, Legislation, Support Worker, Charity, Third Sector, NFP, Not for Profit, Charities, Advice & Guidance, etc.