VoiceAbility are recruiting a full-time advocate to join our Oldham team. At VoiceAbility we want to deliver the best possible quality of support to people so they are heard, respected, safe and in control of their own lives. We achieve this by delivering a wide range of services, contracted by local authorities, health trusts and other voluntary and private sector organisations.
About the role:
Advocates support people who may be marginalised or vulnerable to speak up and be heard. Their work strengthens voices, supports human rights, and changes lives. Advocacy can be vital for people who cannot speak up for themselves, or people who feel they do not have the power to do so. Advocates work in the front line delivering positive outcomes for the people they support. Advocates will support and enable service users’ understanding of their options. Advocates empower individuals to communicate their views in decision making processes, supporting them to make challenges when necessary and asking pertinent questions on the person’s behalf where they are unable to do so for themselves. Our homebased advocates are required to travel across the area to fulfil their role.
Location: Home based with travel across the North West (Oldham)
Hours: 17.75 hours
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: £21,000 to £28,000 per annum pro-rata. Advocates start on the appropriate spine point for their advocacy qualifications with the potential to earn up to £28,000 subject to qualifications and performance.
Benefits: 28 days annual leave, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service, plus bank holidays; 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution; Salary sacrifice pension scheme; Separate Life Assurance Cover; Staff discount scheme including supermarkets, fashion, restaurants, cinemas, holidays and much more; Discounted Gym Membership; Employee Assistance programme; Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance; Support with professional development.
Closing date for applications: 9.30am Thursday 23 September 2021
Assessment/ test: Written assessment to be completed and returned on Monday 27 September 2021
Interviews: To be held online via Teams Monday 27 September 2021
• Be passionate about empowering and enabling individuals to have their wishes, feelings, beliefs, and needs taken into account when decisions are made about their care
• Demonstrate excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills
• Have the ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties
• Be experienced in influencing and working with health and social care professionals, legal services, care staff, family members etc.
• Be able to build good relationships with clients, health and social care professionals, legal professionals and carers
• Be able to identify and act appropriately where issues of safeguarding individuals arise
• Have strong IT skills to accurately record information in line with policy and current data standards
• Be experienced in working with marginalised and vulnerable adults and/or children
• Be able to research complex and sensitive issues independently, using case law, national policy and guidance for advocates to work for resolution of issues
• Be able to work to tight and changing deadlines
• Be able to work independently
• Be able to travel across the Oldham area
Desirable skills or experience:
• Hold or be working towards Independent Advocacy Qualification.
• Knowledge and experience of the Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007), Care Act (2014) and Mental Capacity Act (2007), The Principles of Human Rights and Advocacy, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
You may have experience of the following: Advocacy, Vulnerable Adults, Social Work, Healthcare, Policy, Legislation, Support Work, Charity, Third Sector, Advice & Guidance.
NB If you don't already hold the Independent Advocacy Qualification, it is a requirement that you complete this within 12 months of commencing employment.
Although the role is home based you will spend a considerable amount of time at hospitals and other community locations enabling face to face advocacy.
How to Apply: To apply for this role, please complete the online application form using the criteria in the person specification and upload your CV detailing your full work history. NB CV's will not be used to short list.
Equality and Diversity Statement
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.
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