Citizen Advocates are people who come from all walks of life with a shared commitment to help vulnerable adults in communities across West Fife. Citizen Advocates provide invaluable support and friendship through:-
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.
Citizen Advocates spend time with a vulnerable adult in order to gain a trusting friendship which enables them to provide invaluable support at times of need. This is part of the service which supports Partners within the Forensic setting at Lynebank Hospital.
no upper age limit has been specified
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?
Yes - As partnerships are individually matched, often no or limited costs are incurred.
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.
A willingness to offer time mainly through the week and between the times of 9am-5pm.
Having compassion and a sense of justice, having self-confidence.
Ability to be diplomatic and have tolerance.
Willing to persevere when needed.
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