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  • Citizen Advocate (including Youth): Friendship Changing Lives Project
    with Dunfermline Advocacy

    Volunteer Opportunity No. VO83575 - Created/last updated: 14/07/2021


    About this opportunity:The Friendship Changing Lives Project supports vulnerable adults of all ages (who could have learning/physical disabilities, mental health issues etc) within local communities across West Fife who are affected by loneliness and isolation by building meaningful, long-term relationships and giving people a voice. Due to Covid-19, much of this continues to be remote, via phone, email and video calling but some face-to-face meetings are possible, in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

    Each volunteer is matched with one vulnerable adult based on shared interests, personality, location, etc. to promote a long-lasting partnership and friendship. They are looking for volunteers with diverse interests, verything from gardening, sports and arts and crafts to gaming, eating out and getting out into the community. Although supported by Dunfermline Advocasy, volunteers and their partners can choose the activities they do together, as well as the times and days that this takes place, to suit their lifestyles.

    Citizen Advocates come from all walks of life and have a shared commitment to help vulnerable adults. Citizen Advocates provide invaluable support and friendship through listening, helping someone to know what choices they have and more.

    They provide initial & ongoing support & training.

    Takes place:
    Minimum age:16
    Maximum age:100
    Training provided:Every volunteer will be required 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:They look for ordinary, responsible people, with a positive attitude towards people with a disability. They need to be able to put across the wishes of their Advocacy Partner, be patient, a good listener and willing to make an open ended friendship.

    Restrictions on who can volunteer

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

    Taster available?No, not for this opportunity.

    Travel DetailsThe opportunity does not have a set base and can take place in various community locations, as determined within the partnership and dependent on current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidelines. Much of this is also likely to continue remotely, with conta

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

    What Now?

    To enquire/register an interest in this opportunity call us (FVA) on 0800 389 6046, e-mail us, or fill out this form:

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