Volunteer Advocate – North & Mid Essex

(Braintree, Colchester, Clacton, Chelmsford, Harwich, Manningtree, Maldon, Whitham and surrounding areas)

Rethink Mental Illness Essex deliver All Age Advocacy Services across Essex (excluding Southend, Thurrock & London boroughs)

As a volunteer Advocate you will work to defend people’s rights and interests and support their wishes to be heard; for them to be treated with dignity and have their views respected.

Our advocacy services are governed by principles based on independence, empowerment, confidentiality, inclusion and free access. You will be part of the whole Advocacy team, and in your role, you may be helping individuals to have their voice heard on issues concerning their wellbeing, care and treatment.

As a Volunteer Advocate you could support someone to:

Listen to their views and build trust and a confidential relationship
Find information so they can make choices and sort out problems
Empower them to voice their views
Speak on their behalf if they wish so
Support them to understand their rights and responsibilities
This role requires 4 to 6 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9 am to 5pm

Skills

Good communication skills, be comfortable to ask for help and support when needed
Ability to empathize & motivation to secure the rights of clients and service users
Able to Comply with all relevant Rethink policies, procedures and processes
Be comfortable to ask for help and support when needed
Willing to commit to further training and development
Working with, or having knowledge or personal experience of mental health issues, is an advantage but not essential
Having basic skills and working knowledge of IT (i.e. word and using emails)
Volunteer Advocates will, as part of their training, be required to travel to identified locations in Essex where advocacy to shadow experienced Advocates.

We will give:

Full training & access to e-learning materials
Support & supervision
Opportunity to develop positive relationships with individuals and organisations across the community
Reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses

This post requires References & Enhanced DBS checks adults

How to contact us: By phone on 0300 790 0559 or email us at