Volunteering

Volunteer Self-Advocacy Support Worker.

As part of our advocacy work, we support self-advocacy within the Learning Difficulties (LD) community. We aim to ensure that people with learning disabilities have a voice and opportunity to feed into and shape learning disability services and priorities in York. We have recently reviewed this work, and will now be focussing on two areas:

  1. Build a network of partners to collate wider themes

We will engage with a wide range of LD service providers and other voluntary sector organisations with a view to collecting regular data on themes raised by staff and service users, collate these to identify trends and make use of appropriate platforms to highlight trends. We will also support providers were necessary to develop SA skills and knowledge within their settings, either in the form of direct training or a wider training event.

  1. Self Advocacy Forums

We will facilitate two forums a year, and one Christmas Social, to enable clients who access a range of service providers to come together and discuss issues that concern them.

We are looking for volunteers to support the self-advocates to participate fully in forum meetings, and also to assist with the collection of themes from a network of organisations providing services and support to the LD community. You might also work with organisations to support the development of self-advocacy within their settings. As part of this role, you may also be required to attend meetings and information events relevant to the issues self-advocates are raising.

Requirements and Skills: You should have good communication skills and any experience of communication methods would be useful but not essential, for example, Makaton, lip-reading. This role will suit someone who has a fixed regular time that they wish to volunteer in.

 

Benefits and Debt Advocacy Volunteer

York Advocacy Hub is a service delivered by York Mind, in conjunction with Cloverleaf Advocacy, to provide 5 specialist advocacy services to people living in York. For more information on our work please visit our website at www.yorkadvocacy.org.uk

We have been successful in securing funds from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the City of York Council to deliver a project supporting people to access debt and benefits advice, and are looking for volunteers to work with us until Dec 2019.

Your role would be to help clients to attend meetings with advice agencies and then to put plans into action to alleviate poverty, including attending benefits related assessments and appeals to support people to communicate their wishes and needs. You will not be giving advice directly around benefits or financial matters but will be providing much-needed one to one support, helping clients find and understand advice and make choices to improve their lives.

We would love to hear from you if you:

  • care about people’s rights and making sure they have a voice in the benefits system
  • are able to give a few hours of your time a week
  • reliable, caring and confidential
  • interested in learning more about people’s rights and how to support them in an independent role.

We will provide a full induction and training for volunteers, as well as ongoing 1:1 and group supervision.

How to apply: please visit the following web pages where you can download a copy of our Volunteer Application Form; alternatively, you can give the Advocacy Hub a call on 01904 414357 and we will send a form to you in the post,

www.yorkmind.org.uk/volunteering

www.yorkadvocacy.org.uk/about-us/volunteering/

The recruitment process will involve an interview with people delivering the advocacy project, collection of references and an enhanced DBS check.

If you’d like to chat about the role please call Cat Adlam, Service Manager at York Advocacy Hub on 01904 414357.