Support Session Volunteer

What does the role involve?

Support Session Volunteers help our clients with general advocacy issues. The help us to reduce waitlists and support more individuals by:

  • Helping clients understand about advocacy
  • Supporting clients with general issues they cannot resolve on their own
  • Keeping detailed notes and records of interactions with clients and visits
  • Doing research and making contacts with other services
  • Referring clients to our paid advocacy service if necessary
  • Signposting clients to other services
  • Building working relationships with site staff
  • Promoting our services and organisation
  • Delivering general advocacy cases

What will I do?

Before you start:

  • complete our application process, training, and shadowing to a satisfactory standard.
  • depending on your preferences, set a day and time to regularly volunteer a few hours.

At your first session:

  • we will provide you with the details of a person who has asked us for help.
  • you will see case notes and do any research or training before you speak to the Client.

At sessions that follow:

  • make regular contact with the person to work together on an achievable outcome.
  • for example, you might work with someone who feels a care manager doesn’t listen.
  • you will then support the person to reconnect with the professional. Or discuss other options, such as making a complaint.

What happens next:

  • record your progress at the end of every meeting, and report back to us.
  • we close a case once outcomes are achieved, or the person no longer wants help.
  • then we will look for a new case for you to work on.
  • experienced volunteers may take on 2 cases within their volunteering hours.

Skills

What is needed for the role? 

  • Good communication skills – written and verbal
  • Empathy and patience when dealing with clients
  • A knowledge of or interest in advocacy
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Ability to manage own time and prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently & as part of a team
  • A commitment to the aims and ethos of VoiceAbility

Volunteers with an interest in the below types of support will receive additional training on:

  • autistic spectrum conditions.
  • general mental health.
  • people with a learning disability 
  • people leaving hospital.
  • other areas of interest dependent on local need.

Details

  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    18+
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Evening No No No No No No No

Location

This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.


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