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  • Short-Term Citizen Advocate (West Fife)
    with Dunfermline Advocacy

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO63258 - Created/last updated: 15/06/2020


    About this opportunity:Due to Covid-19 we have currently stopped all face to face meetings but continue to look for new volunteers. Dunfermline Advocacy remains committed to making sure vulnerable adults in West Fife are supported with their advocacy needs. We are continuing all work via phone, email and video calling.
    We recruit, train and match local volunteers with vulnerable adults to provide invaluable support in times of need. Short-term advocates may be involved in:-
    Listening to someone in need and trying to understand the challenges they face; their point of view and finding out what makes them feel good and valued.
    Understanding their situation and what may be stopping them from getting what they want.
    Offering support to tell other people what they want or introducing them to others who may be able to help.
    Helping someone to know what choices they have and what the consequences of these choices might be.
    Enabling a person to become more independent and have more control over their life.

    Short-term advocates will gain experience of a variety of situations as well as an understanding of services that are available to vulnerable adults in West Fife.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:16
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Every volunteer will have to undergo a PVG check, provide 2 character references and complete the Advocate Preparation Training before being matched with a vulnerable adult. There will be a number of further training opportunities that will be offered to each volunteer but not essential. Each volunteer will be allocated to a development worker who will provide on-going support through informal one-to-one meetings.
    Out of pocket expenses paid?

    Experience required:No previous experience is needed as we will provide training and support, however certain attributes may be useful:- A commitment to equality for vulnerable adults. A commitment to involve their partner on an equal basis. Having compassion and a sense of justice. Having own transport. Having self-confidence. Ability to be diplomatic and have tolerance. Willing to persevere when needed.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer
    No restrictions were specified.

    Application process:Application Form; Induction/Training; Informal Chat; PVG membership required; References

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsAcross West Fife. Some travel will be needed but volunteers will be matched with someone they are easily able to meet with.

    Saltire AwardThis opportunity is compatible with the Saltire Awards for volunteers aged 12-25.

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity please call us on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this brief form:
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Dunfermline Advocacy has the following, additional volunteering opportunities:
  - Citizen Advocate (West Fife)
  - Citizen Advocate Forensic Setting (Lynebank Hospital West Fife)
  - Citizen Advocate (including Youth): Friendship Changing Lives Project

Type of volunteering: Advocacy / Human Rights
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