Rethink Mental Illness are looking for a Statutory Advocate to join our County Durham Advocacy Service on a Zero Hour Contract.

Advocacy is about taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the service they want.

County Durham Advocacy Service provides Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) and Care Act Advocacy support to those requiring it across the Durham area.

As an Advocate you will be working with people who are deemed to lack capacity to make serious decisions which are life changing. You will also be working with people who are placed under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) where you will need to understand the (MCA) Mental Capacity Act, (MHA) Mental Health Act and also (HRA) Human Rights Act.

About You:

You will be experienced in working in Advocacy roles and managing your own case load
You will have the ability to write clear, factually accurate information for report writing to professionals and an awareness of quality standards and the Advocacy Charter
Most importantly, you will have the desire to work with people affected by mental illness and make a difference to their quality of life

What will you receive?

You will have plenty of opportunities to enhance your abilities with the chance to make a real difference every day. In addition, you will have excellent development opportunities including funded training, career development and a range e-learning courses. You will also receive:

Salary of £11.10 - £12.23 per hour
Contributory pension scheme
Life assurance and employee assistance programme
25 days annual leave rising to 30 days plus bank holidays
Your "Rethink Day" - 1 day’s additional leave (pro rata) on your Birthday
Eyecare vouchers
Flexible working

Don’t just change jobs, change lives!

The Recruitment Advisor looking after this role is Katie Wright. If you’d like to know any more about the position, please feel free to drop her an email at or give her a call on 0121 522 7111

Just a couple of final things,

We welcome applications from everyone, applicants with lived experience, LGBTQ+, people with a disability, or who are BAME are actively encouraged to apply. We are proud to have also been awarded Disability Confident employer status and therefore we ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to everyone.

We reserve the right to change the closing date without notice depending on the number of responses received.