Advocate - Berkshire
Be rewarded and have new experiences, volunteer with us as an Advocate.
We are looking for volunteers to be trained as advocates. You will work with a young person to help their voice be heard.
This role is independent from Social Services or any other service the young person may be using. This often suits volunteers who have daytime availability.
If you live in Bracknell Forest or West Berkshire area, this could be your chance to really make a difference to the lives of children and young people.
Applicants must be over 21.
- Work independently
- Be aware of and seek to promote any needs specifically related to the child or young person, and to challenge discrimination
- Keep in touch with others who have a responsibility for the child or young person
- Respect confidentiality within Action for Children boundaries
- Keeping in touch with the Scheme Manager as mutually agreed
- Work within a timeframe.
What you can expect:
- Volunteer Advocates will meet with a child or young person prior to a meeting to discuss their thoughts and what they would like said at the meeting.
- The Advocate will then either attend the meeting on behalf of the child/young person or will attend alongside the child/young person as their independent support.
What we can offer:
- A full induction into the work of Action for Children and our values.
- Training in Action for Children's Safeguarding Procedures for Children and Young People, Personal Safety and Equal Opportunities training.
- Regular supervision and support from the project staff
- Reimbursement of expenses as quickly as possible.
Action for Children does what’s right, does what’s needed and does what works.
Our project provides Independent Visitors, Mentors and Advocates for children and young people both in care and the edge of care.
You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.