Inspire Advocacy provide support for people who access mental health services in the community and in hospital settings.
We take time to listen to the views and concerns of the people we support and help them to explore their options and rights. Advocates play an important role in ensuring people have access to information and support to enable them to have a voice. We support people to communicate their wishes to the relevant people in a range of ways, including support them to attend meetings, or if appropriate, attending on their behalf.
Inspire will provide an online training programme prior to direct volunteering activity commencing.
The time commitment for volunteers will be flexible; however we ask volunteers are relatively confident they can commit to the service over an extended period to try to ensure continuity for individuals.
What we need you to do...
Volunteers will be required to;
- listen to the wishes of service users and support them to feel able to speak up about decisions that affect their lives
- source information and signpost to relevant agencies / organisations to support people to make informed decisions and understand their options and rights
- support people to communicate their wishes to relevant others through attending meetings with them or on their behalf, or helping them with phone calls and written communication.
- follow Inspire safeguarding policies and procedures at all times. The service manager will be available to advise on any safeguarding concerns and lead on the appropriate course of action.
- attend training as appropriate and follow Inspire policies and procedures. Details will be provided at induction stage.
Who we need...
The service is looking for volunteers who
- Have a friendly, patient and non judgemental approach
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly listening skills
- Are able to stand up and challenge decisions in a constructive and professional way
- Able to develop good working relationships
- Are computer literate and able to connect online from home
- Are able to take part in all required training
What Inspire will offer…
- An eight week online half day course which explores the principles and types of advocacy, the role of the advocate and how the advocate can help service users.
- The opportunity to develop your skills in supporting people through the process of advocacy.
- The opportunity to advocate for service users in a setting which is safe and supportive.
- Regular ongoing training and supervision.
While we would welcome volunteers who have lived experience of mental ill health and mental health services, it is not a requirement for this volunteering opportunity.
Volunteers bring immeasurable value to all areas of Inspire’s work to support people living with experience of mental ill-health. Find out more about how you get involved with our work....