Charity registered in Scotland SC033157
Do you live in West Dunbartonshire or Argyll and Bute? Would you like to support and organisation whose sole role is to assist these residents speak up, have their voices heard and their rights upheld? Then read on!
Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service provide advocacy support to vulnerable adults and often those using health and social work services or may be seeking to access services. Our service is growing, and we need the support of a varied and committed board. Meetings are usually 5 or 6 times a year in person or via video conference
Established in 2002 and with advocates across both local authority areas, we work face to face with those detained under the mental health act, using services, under Adults with Incapacity or Adult Support and Protection and those with needs arising from alcohol or substance use, amongst others. We form a key part of users’ rights and can assist people “stuck” or delayed in hospital with no where to go or unable to get the help and support they want and need.
We are looking to enhance our existing board with volunteers and would welcome those who have used our services or and/ those with a legal, finance, HR or Communications background. Experience in what Advocacy does or how Social Work works is not essential- what we want and would value is different experiences and skill that can help us operate and contribute to the governance of the organisation.
Lomond and Argyll Advocacy Service have been providing advocacy support to the residents of West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute for over 20 years.
Following an expansion of our services to support adults challenged by addictions and an internal promotion, we have a vacancy for an Advocacy Coordinator.
Based in our Dumbarton Head Office, the role combines the delivery of direct advocacy services, the supervision of Advocacy Workers and a responsibility for the work of a small team. Focussed on delivering our core advocacy support to those with a Mental Illness, the elderly and frail and those detained in Hospital but ready to leave, and vulnerable adults in the community requiring support.
We are seeking an individual with an understanding of and a commitment to the Principles of Independent Advocacy. The successful applicant will:
· Have experience of working in the social work/ social care sector
· Ability to or experience of supervising staff
· An understanding of the issues facing vulnerable adults and those with mental health challenges
· An ability to represent the views, interests and needs of vulnerable adults
· Excellent verbal communication and listening skills
· A commitment to uphold the human rights of all
· Good organisation skills and ability to manage own workload
· Demonstrable commitment to the principles of empowerment and self-determination.
· Ability to travel independently throughout West Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.
For more information or an informal discussion please contact Charlie Coggrave or Caroline McAllister on 01389 726543.