South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) provides free and independent advocacy services enabling people to have their views and wishes heard and ensuring they can access the support and services to which they are entitled.
We welcome and support volunteers who give up their precious time to be part of our service delivery. We see volunteers as an integral part of SWAN, enhancing our service offer to the community.
In return for your time we are able to offer a variety of training to complement your continuing professional development, and support and guidance to meet your desired outcomes.
Whichever role you choose you’ll be a valued member of our workforce and have opportunities to attend wellbeing events, workforce conferences and team building days. We also host bi-annual events to recognise the contribution volunteers make and celebrate your impact.
We have a variety of opportunities to match your skills, experience and interests.
Advocacy Coaches support clients through our Self-Advocacy Programmes to develop the skills and confidence to self-advocate, either for a one-off event of part of the client’s personal progression.
This is achieved through the delivery of Self-Advocacy Workshops, Peer Advocacy Groups and one-to-one self-advocacy coaching.
Community Champions support us to promote the service we provide on a local level by raising awareness of the service offerings, assisting with events and improving engagement with the community.
Community Champions are individuals who have strong links with their community and understand the needs of local citizens.
Living Well Advocates support people with long term health conditions to develop a Living Well Plan.
The Living Well Plan is designed to help people to reflect on their past (document their memories), recognise what is important in the present, and plan for the future.
Living Well Advocates empower people to have their voices heard, and preferences recorded for future decision making.
Money Mentors work as part of our Community Money Advice team. They work with clients to assist them with their debt or money issues, such as budgeting.
Money Mentors listen, provide support, guidance and advice to help clients assess and improve their finances.
Volunteer Advocates can perform a variety of different roles including advocating for clients who lack capacity, to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and their rights are upheld.
Volunteer Advocates work with vulnerable clients in the community, and in mental health settings, to address issues such as housing, benefits or access to services.
For more information, or for an informal discussion, about any of these role, please contact our Volunteer Manager, Anna Temblett, on 03333 447928 or email@example.com
We have a number of other roles for volunteers within SWAN
Although we are not currently recruiting to these roles we are still keen to hear from interested candidates, so please do get in touch if you would like to learn more.
We also offer work placements to student social workers.
Keep up to date with volunteering opportunities via our social media…