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Why do people need advocates?

Mainly because our society is not very good at listening and responding to people who are disadvantaged by age, illness or disability.

"Now I realise how difficult it is to be heard when people aren't listening, how tricky is is to play when you don't know the game and how impossible it is to communicate when you're not asked your views."

Who are volunteer advocates?

Volunteer advocates are ordinary people from all walks of life who are prepared to give support and encourage to someone.

Who do they work with?

Volunteers at Independent Advocacy work with people with learning disabilities, mental health problems and older people in residential care.

"He made his choices and I stood by his side."

We work with all sorts of people, so we need ll sorts of volunteers.

"You can do this. You've probably already been doing it for years."

What do volunteer advocates actually do?

Listen, support, discuss, speak up, find out, respect, inform.

"I needed help and to be able to trust someone. The most important thing I was told was that they were independent."

How much time will I have to give?

Usually 2-3 Hours per week, at a time to suit you and the person you are working with.

Will I get any help if I become a volunteer advocate?

We value our volunteers. We aim to provide them with the support they need to be effective advocates.
This includes:

  • Initial training, with optional certificate from the Open College
  • One to one support
  • Social Events
  • Further training and skills development
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Regular advocacy Newsletters


See our Download Section for an Application Pack.

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