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VoiceAbility are recruiting a full-time advocate to join our Cambridgeshire & Peterborough team. VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts. Providing advocacy and user involvement services across England, VoiceAbility is a growing organisation working with people who are vulnerable or marginalised to raise their voices and have their rights respected.

About the role:
Advocates support people who may be marginalised or vulnerable to speak up and be heard. Their work strengthens voices, supports human rights and changes lives. Advocacy can be vital for people who cannot speak up for themselves, or people who feel they do not have the power to do so. Advocates work in the front line delivering positive outcomes for the people they support. Advocates will support and enable service users' understanding of their options. Advocates empower individuals to communicate their views in decision making processes, supporting them to make challenges when necessary and asking pertinent questions on the person's behalf where they are unable to do so for themselves.

Location: Temporarily homebased due to Covid-19 with travel across Cambridgeshire to care homes, hospitals, and clients' homes. Following temporary homeworking, office based in Oakington, Cambridge with travel across Cambridgeshire to care homes, hospitals, and clients' homes.
Hours: 1 x 35 (full time) hours per week
Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £21,000 - £26,500 Per Annum - Starting at £21,000 Depending on Qualifications. Future scope to earn up to £28,000 subject to qualifications and performance
Benefits: 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays; 5% employer pension & 3% employee contribution; Salary sacrifice pension scheme; Separate Life Assurance Cover; Staff discount scheme including supermarkets, fashion, restaurants, cinemas, holidays and much more; Discounted Gym Membership; Employee Assistance programme; Supportive working environment fostering a good work/life balance; Support with professional development.

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 17th May 2021
Assessment/ test: Written scenario to be completed and returned on 24th May 2021
Interviews: To be held online via Teams 25th and 26th May 2021

About you:
• Be passionate about empowering and enabling individuals to have their wishes, feelings, beliefs, and needs taken into account when decisions are made about their care
• Demonstrate excellent verbal, listening and written communication skills
• Have the ability to engage with people with complex needs and communication difficulties
• Be experienced in influencing and working with health and social care professionals, legal services, care staff, family members etc.
• Be able to build good relationships with clients, health and social care professionals, legal professionals and carers
• Be able to identify and act appropriately where issues of safeguarding individuals arise
• Have strong IT skills to accurately record information in line with policy and current data standards
• Be experienced in working with marginalised and vulnerable adults and/or children
• Be able to research complex and sensitive issues independently, using case law, national policy and guidance for advocates to work for resolution of issues
• Be able to work to tight and changing deadlines
• Be able to work independently
• Hold a full, clean UK driving licence and have access to own transport. There is travel involved in the role.

Desirable skills or experience:
• Hold or be working towards Independent Advocacy Qualification.
• Knowledge and experience of the, Care Act (2014) and Mental Capacity Act (2007),The Principles of Human Rights and Advocacy, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Mental Health Act (1983, revised 2007).

You may have experience of the following: Advocacy, Vulnerable Adults, Social Work, Healthcare, Policy, Legislation, Support Work, Charity, Third Sector, Advice & Guidance.

NB If you don't already hold the Independent Advocacy Qualification, it is a requirement that you complete this within 12 months of commencing employment.

How to Apply: To apply for this role, please complete the online application form using the criteria in the person specification and upload your CV detailing your work history. NB CV's will not be used to short list.

Equality and Diversity Statement
VoiceAbility believes in fostering an inclusive workplace which welcomes, values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and partners, treats all on a basis of equality and encourages all to meet their maximum potential.
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