Peer advocacy refers to one-to-one support provided by advocates with a similar disability or experience to a person using services. Trained and supported volunteers often provide peer advocacy as part of a coordinated project. Peer advocacy schemes argue that they are particularly well placed to empathise with the needs of people, to approach them as their equals and to feel strongly about, and fight hard for, their needs.
Citizen advocacy aims to involve people in their local community by enabling them to have a voice and to make decisions about the things that affect their lives. Citizen advocacy partnerships are long term, not time-limited, and last for as long as the citizen advocate and the individual want them to. Citizen advocates are ordinary members of the local community. They are unpaid and usually operate with support from a coordinated scheme.
Why become a Peer / Citizen Advocate?
Do something meaningful by helping others and use your own experience in a positive way.
Build confidence and self-esteem
Receive ongoing training to develop skills in communication and teamwork
Useful experience for your CV and personal development
Training and support you will receive to be successful in the role:
Induction and regular guidance and support meetings
Peer / Citizen Advocate Training
Code of Conduct, ethical issues, peer relationships and boundaries
Active listening skills and Recovery language
Understanding difference and diverse cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
Safeguarding Adults & Children
All volunteers will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check