London, Greater London (Hybrid)
Richmond, Greater London
Unpaid role, expenses paid
Voluntary, 7 hours per week
Job description

Amazing, giving, inspiring and awesome are just a few of the words we would use to describe our volunteers.

Our volunteers play an integral part in the services we provide and the people we support. If you are looking for a rewarding role where you will really make a difference whilst gaining experience along the way, then join us here at Rethink Mental Illness.


About the role

We are looking for Peer Advocates to support our Community Advocacy Service in the Boroughs of Wandsworth and Richmond. You will be based from home however the role will involve travel within Wandsworth and Richmond and, ideally, you will be able to commit a minimum of 7 hours / one day per week to volunteering.

You will receive training and regular supervision to ensure you feel confident in your role. You can read more about the benefits of volunteering on the full advert on our website.


About the service

Wandsworth and Richmond Community Advocacy Service supports individuals who are vulnerable and find themselves in a challenging situation in their lives.  We offer support to a wide range of people, including people with learning, physical, sensory disabilities and mental illness.

You will join other volunteers and be part of our wider team which also provides statutory advocacy services.

We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, therefore are specifically looking for Volunteers who are available on weekdays during these times.


What you will be doing as a Peer Advocate

  • Peer advocacy refers to one-to-one support provided by advocates with a similar disability or experience to a person using services.
  • Providing short-term single-issue advocacy around health or social care problems.


What will make you a great fit for this role?

  • You will have lived experience of using mental health or social care services.
  • You will be passionate about supporting people who are struggling to have their voice heard and their rights upheld.


Who are we?

We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support thousands of people through our groups, services, policy, campaigns and advice and information. Our work supports us in delivering on our mission: “A better life for everyone severely affected by mental illness.”

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning+ (LGBTQ+), people with a disability, or those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status. We have an ambition of becoming an anti-racist organisation and we recognise there is more to do in ensuring our recruitment is fair and inclusive, which is why we are recruiting new roles in helping us to achieve this.

More about Rethink Mental Illness

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Refreshed on: 18 July 2022
Closed date: 04 August 2022 at 23:59
Tags: Advocacy