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ONSIDE Advocacy Coach (Supervising)

Hours: 30 hours per week

Salary: £23,298 – £25,458 pa (pro rata)

Base: Home based from Herefordshire or Worcestershire

Together ONSIDE and SWAN are working on an exciting collaboration in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

ONSIDE is a charity established in 1993, stemming from a belief that everyone has the right to be a valued human being and to be treated in a just and fair manner. ONSIDE currently work across Worcestershire & Herefordshire, providing a wide range of support services to ensure fairness and equality for all members of our community who may be vulnerable, disadvantaged or discriminated against.

‘Be Heard’ will support vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged individuals and groups to develop self, peer and group advocacy skills by the development and provision of:

  • Self-Advocacy Toolkits
  • Self-Advocacy training for professionals/practitioners
  • Self, peer and group advocacy training for vulnerable individuals and groups
  • One-to-one self-advocacy training and coaching

SWAN is now recruiting a confident, empowering ‘Advocacy Coach’ to deliver the programme.

Advocacy Coaches support people to develop skills and confidence to self-advocate either for a one-off event or as part of personal progression. They will deliver Self-Advocacy Workshops and provide 1:1 advocacy coaching. SWAN’s Advocacy Coach will work alongside the ONSIDE advocacy teams in Herefordshire and Worcestershire. They will provide training, advice and support in relation to self and peer advocacy coaching and identify where advocacy coaching may be appropriate and helpful.

Advocacy Coaches also support professionals to understand how to support those they work with to self-advocate, by delivering bespoke workshops.

The ONSIDE Advocacy Coach will provide line management to volunteers and support them to deliver self-advocacy coaching and workshops.

We are committed to equality and diversity and particularly encourage applications from BAME and disabled applicants.

The post is subject to 2 references including previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check

To apply please review the Job Description & Person Specification and send your CV and a covering letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements of the role to recruitment@swanadvocacy.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 15 October

Interview date: TBC

Interviews will be completed virtually via Microsoft Teams.  When making your application please state if you would need any technology support for this.

Advocacy Support Team Manager

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: £26,222 – £28,653 pa

Base: Taunton

We are recruiting an Advocacy Support Team Manager who will be responsible for our new Advocacy Support Team.

The Advocacy Support Team are the first point of contact for the organisation, responsible for handling calls, responding to enquiries and triaging incoming referrals for all our services from a range of professionals and vulnerable people.

This is a busy and demanding role which requires you to ensure that our clients and referrers always receive the best possible service. Professional and helpful with high standards, you will lead by example to ensure that the Advocacy Support Officers are knowledgeable and up to date with all services that we offer and are prepared to go the extra mile to ensure that we are offering a no wrong door approach.

The Advocacy Support Team is always present in the office 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. All members of the team need to remain flexible in their working hours to ensure cover during sickness and annual leave periods. The Advocacy Support Team Manager works full time, 37 hours per week, and is based in our Taunton office.

We are committed to equality and diversity and particularly encourage applications from BAME and disabled applicants.

The post is subject to 2 references including previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check

To apply please review the Job Description & Person Specification and send your CV and a covering letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements of the role to recruitment@swanadvocacy.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 15 October

Interview date: TBC

Interviews will be completed virtually via Microsoft Teams.  When making your application please state if you would need any technology support for this.

 

Advocacy Support Officer

Hours: up to 37 hours per week

Salary: £20,097 – £21,960 pa (pro rata for part time)

Base: Taunton

We are recruiting full and part time Advocacy Support Officers to join our new Advocacy Support Team.

The Advocacy Support Team are the first point of contact for the organisation, responsible for handling calls, responding to enquiries and triaging incoming referrals for all our services from a range of professionals and vulnerable people.

This is a busy and demanding role which requires a high standard of communication skills with the ability to remain calm under pressure. The role requires the ability to learn, understand and apply a wealth of knowledge about our individual services. It also requires the ability to be able to process data quickly and accurately.

A friendly, helpful individual, you will go that extra mile to ensure our clients are always happy with the service provided. You will need to be a strong team player who is flexible and willing to learn new processes and information. A clear communicator with the ability to remain calm in stressful situations and deal with very complex issues in a professional manner is essential.

An Advocacy Support Officer is always present in the office 9am–5pm Monday to Friday. All members of the team need to remain flexible in their working hours to ensure cover during sickness and annual leave periods.

The post is subject to two references, one from previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check.

We are committed to equality and diversity and particularly encourage applications from BAME and disabled applicants.

The post is subject to 2 references including previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check

To apply please review the Job Description & Person Specification and send your CV and a covering letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements of the role to recruitment@swanadvocacy.org.uk

Closing date: Friday 15 October.

Interview date: TBC

Interviews will be completed virtually via Microsoft Teams.  When making your application please state if you would need any technology support for this.

 

Independent Advocate (Isle of Wight)

Hours: up to 37 hours per week

Salary: £20,097 – £23,997 (depending on qualifaction) pro rata for part time

Base: Newport

Our new advocacy service on the Isle of Wight provides Independent Mental Health Act, Independent Care Act and Indepedent Mental Capacity Act Advocacy.  We have an exciting opportunity to join the team as an Independent Advocate (part time and full time hours available).

SWAN delivers service to the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in communities.  We believe everyone has the same right to be heard, be in control of making choices and be safe from violence and abuse.  Our services are free, confidential and non judgemental.  Our approach is focused on empowering individuals and promoting independence as much as possible.

Advocates take action to help people to say what they want, secure their rights, pursue their interests and obtain the services they need.  Advocates work in partnership with people, take their side, promoting social inclusion, equality and social justice.

Advocates must hold the Diploma in Independent Advocacy (Level 3 or 4).  Non qualifed Advocates will be appointed as a Trainee Advocate and will be expected to undertake the qualification.

The post is subject to two references, one from previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check.

We are committed to equality and diversity and particularly encourage applications from BAME and disabled applicants.

The post is subject to 2 references including previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check

To apply please review the Job Description & Person Specification and send your CV and a covering letter detailing how your experience meets the requirements of the role to recruitment@swanadvocacy.org.uk

Closing date: Thursday 30th September.

Interview date: TBC – early October.

Interviews will be completed virtually via Microsoft Teams.  When making your application please state if you would need any technology support for this.

 

Independent Advocates (Somerset)

Full and part time hours available

Starting Salary: £20097.22 (Pro rata for part time)

Base: Hi Point, Taunton

We are currently seeking advocates to work in all Advocacy disciplines in Somerset.

Advocates take action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, pursue their interests and obtain the services they need.  They work in partnership with people and take their side, promoting social inclusion, equality and social justice.

Advocates work directly with clients both in institutional settings and the community.

We are looking for candidates who have experience of supporting people with dementia, mental health diagnosis, learning disabilities or autism.  Applications from Support Workers are welcomed.

All of our advocates are trained by us in the Diploma in Independent Advocacy Qualification (City & Guilds level 3 or 4). People without this qualification will be appointed as Trainee Advocates and expected to undertake the Diploma (provided by the company training scheme) within 12 months of appointment. Additional specialist units to support delivery in line with the Care Act 2014 will be required.

The post is subject to 2 references including previous employer, evidence of right to work in the UK and an enhanced DBS check

To apply please review the Job Description and Person Specification and send your CV and a personal statement which explains why you would like to apply for the position and whether you wish to apply for full or part time hours to recruitment@swanadvocacy.org.uk

Applicants with a BME background and people with disabilities are encouraged.

Closing date: Monday 11th October. (We will close the advert earlier if we receive suitable applications)

Interviews will be arranged as soon as we have enough suitable candidates.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions interviews will be completed virtually via Microsoft Teams.  When making your application please state if you would need any technology support for this.

 

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