volunteering with Advocacy for All

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At Advocacy for All we rely on the support of our volunteers to continue providing the services that our clients depend on. We have a number of volunteer positions available to suit your skills and interests. Whatever role you choose, your help will mean more people have a better quality of life.

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We respect and value the time and energy you give and want your experience with us to be enjoyable and rewarding. To do this we offer all our volunteers

  • induction and training
  • ongoing support and regular supervision
  • paid travel expenses
Cook book I helped members to create a cookbook which was a great success and gave more independence to many people. I work with a very good team who are changing the lives of many people.

Millie Pechackova, admin volunteer

why volunteer?

Community Application form

Not only will sharing your time and skills benefit the people and organisation you support, it will also make a positive difference to your life.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should volunteer

  • connect with your community
  • meet new people
  • enhance your CV
  • gain confidence
  • build key skills
  • explore a new career path

who can join?

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We are proud of our commitment to equal opportunities and strongly welcome volunteers from all backgrounds and of all abilities who are over 18.

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You do not need any previous experience to become a valuable member of our team. The best volunteers are committed and passionate about the work we do. We will provide you with the training and support you need to carry out your role.

how you can help

advocate

advocate meeting

As an advocate you will support and represent people with a learning disability and Autism on an issue where they are finding it hard to speak up for themselves. You will work with your clients to make sure that they get the help they need and achieve the outcome they want.

rights meeting

you will support your client by

  • providing an independent and confidential service
  • meeting with them to learn about their experience and the outcome they want
  • explaining information
  • helping them understand their rights and options
  • helping them make informed choices
  • helping them prepare for meetings and attending with them
  • writing letters on their behalf
  • representing their views accurately
Bexley, Bromley and Sutton boroughs Desk work

requirements

  • live within 10 miles of the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley or Sutton
  • available for at least 2 hours during week days
  • reliable, committed and professional
  • non-judgemental
  • have an understanding of and be committed to Equal Opportunities
  • good communication skills
  • basic IT skills

Watch one of our volunteers, Keshi Chung, talking about his experience with Advocacy for All.

NHS advocate

NHS

As an NHS advocate you will be supporting people of all abilities to make a complaint. This can be against any part of the service, care or treatment they have received provided by the NHS.

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you will support your client by

  • providing an independent and confidential service
  • meeting with them to learn about their experience and the outcome they want
  • explaining the complaints process
  • explaining information
  • helping them understand their rights and options
  • helping them make informed choices
  • helping them prepare for meetings and attending with them
  • writing letters on their behalf
  • representing their views accurately
Bexley Council Desk work

requirements

  • live within 10 miles of the London Borough of Bexley
  • available for at least 2 hours during weekdays
  • reliable, committed and professional
  • non-judgemental
  • have an understanding of and be committed to Equal Opportunities
  • good communication skills
  • basic IT skills

Watch one of our volunteers, Ugonma Ikerionwu, talking about her experience with Advocacy for All.

volunteering with groups

Group work
As a Group Volunteer you will be working with people with a learning disability, Autism and Asperger to give them the skills and confidence to speak up for themselves and lead more independent lives.
Speak up
You will work with the group supporter at monthly group meetings to ensure that members enjoy and participate in sessions and that the groups achieve a positive outcome.
Book group
Volunteers are also needed to support small groups to access community activities. For example; lead walks, go for meals, support a book group.
Bexley, Bromley, Sutton and Kent

our projects run in

  • Bexley
  • Bromley
  • Kent
  • Sutton
Group planning Activities

you will support the groups by

  • helping to set up meetings
  • supporting members to fully participate in sessions
  • explaining difficult information
  • supporting members to take part in new activities
  • supporting members to organise activities
Help with a referral Help with a referral

requirements

  • live within 10 miles of Bexley, Bromley, Kent or Sutton
  • good communication skills
  • recognise individuals abilities and support needs
  • non-judgemental
  • adaptable

admin assistant

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As an admin assistant you will assist with a range of office based tasks that are important to the progress of our work.

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you will support the team by

  • responding to queries
  • answering phone calls and passing on messages
  • entering data on the computer
  • helping create publicity materials
  • typing and filing
working in the office

requirements

  • live within 10 miles of Sidcup, Kent
  • available for at least 2 hours during weekdays
  • reliable, committed and professional
  • non-judgemental
  • have an understanding of and be committed to Equal Opportunities
  • good organisational skills
  • good communication skills
  • good IT skills

Watch one of our volunteers, Paul Clark, talking about his experience with Advocacy for All.

trustee

plans

as a trustee you will work with the board of trustees to make sure that:

  • Advocacy for All has a clear set of goals
  • the action is being taken to achieve those goals
  • Advocacy for All meets its legal and financial responsibilities
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how much time will it take?

  • the Trustee Board meets 6 times a year from 6pm – 8pm
  • trustees are encouraged to serve on other committees e.g Finance, HR, Recruitment
  • trustees are in regular contact with the Chief Executive and other trustees by email

Please click the image on the left to download the role description

For more information about the role of a trustee please click on the image to the left

current vacancies

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Advocates

  • Young persons advocacy project
  • Community advocacy project
  • NHS complaints project
Group

Group Supporters

  • Autism and Asperger's group
board meeting
Trustees and Treasurer
Phone
If you would like more information about our current vacancies or need support during the application please call 0845 832 0044.

how to apply

To apply please download our application form by clicking on the picture to the left, filling it in and returning it via any of the following options

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Unit 1, 241 Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6QS
Fax machine
020 8300 8844
DBS
All volunteers are required to provide two references and undertake a DBS - Disclosure and Baring Service - check

contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions or need support during the application.

Phone
0845 832 0044
Letter
241 Main Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6QS