Short Term Advocates support an advocacy partner facing an issue or a life change, helping them to speak up for themselves, find information and explore options.
Can you give support to someone by becoming an independent advocate? Many people in Dundee need a bit of support to speak up for themselves. These are often people with no one to take a personal interest in their lives. They could be people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, dementia or mental health issues or be a person over the age of 65. Short term Advocates give their time and energy to support a vulnerable person on a one to one basis, listening to their point of view, respecting their wishes and helping them to speak up for themselves. We are looking for ordinary people who have the ability to listen and understand; a wish to make a difference; a friendly manner and a liking for people. This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills: Interpersonal/Confidence; Problem solving/Creativity; Planning/Organising
Organisation aims and objectives
Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS) is an independent charity for people who experience disadvantage, disability and social exclusion within the Dundee area to express their needs and wishes around their health and wellbeing. DIAS promotes, protects and safeguards individual’s rights and strengthens voices by using trained staff and volunteers. DIAS is a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2016, the highest award available to voluntary organisations, recognising their outstanding contribution to their local community.
Short term Advocates would need an interest in helping other people. The qualities we look for are; communication skills, assertiveness, ability to work independently, commitment and the ability to bring your own life experiences.
Travel may be required throughout the whole of Dundee City. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Public transport costs reimbursed on production of tickets purchased. Mileage paid at 45p/mile. Reimbursement of travel costs within Dundee only.
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