Home Based: With travel around Luton

Job reference: 226

Contract type: Permanent

Full time: 37 hours, 5 days per week working Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

50% time spent on community development work and 50% of time spent on advocacy

Salary: £21,715.00 to £23,292.00 per annum (dependent on experience) + Benefits!


  • 25 days annual leave
  • Cash Wellbeing Healthcare Plan Cover
  • Death in service benefit
  • Option to buy up to 5 days annual leave
  • Discretionary shut down days at Christmas
  • 1 Community Leave Day per annum
  • Bike to work scheme

Job Information

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time advocate to join our Luton team splitting their time 50% delivering Community Development Worker activities and 50% delivering Independent Advocacy activities. The post will be home based with work across Luton including direct advocacy across multiple services (IMHA, IMCA, NHS complaint, Care Act and Community advocacy) as well as advocacy drop ins, advocacy groups and providing training to support people to advocate for themselves. You will begin to develop a team of volunteers and students that can support some of this work.

You will be promoting POhWER who support a wide range of vulnerable adults often with profound and multiple needs, so experience of this type of work will be valuable, along with a good working knowledge of public and voluntary organisations.  The successful applicant will be a self-starter with a proven track record in relationship establishment and development and also have experience in community engagement. You will receive a full personalised induction programme and role specific training. Your line manager and supervisor will support you as you develop into your role.

You will also have demonstrable experience working with vulnerable adults who are affected by significant health and social care issues who find it difficult to speak up for themselves; and experience providing persuasive verbal and written representations.

In this role you will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable adults often with profound and multiple needs. The successful candidate will need a good working knowledge of public and voluntary organisations to enable them to work in partnership with clients and professionals, gaining an understanding of their issues by listening, exploring options and taking action as directed by them.

Our ideal candidate will have experience in, or a good understanding of, advocacy, information and advice or similar role - ideally in a health, social care or voluntary setting and will have experience of promoting the support of vulnerable adults.  More importantly to us, you will need to share our values and passion about advocacy.  This is an opportunity to add real value to the lives of vulnerable people.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within the area; have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport. Travel expenses will only be paid once within the Luton border.

Download the full Job Description and Applicant Information Pack

How to apply

We’re keen to fill this role. If you think this sounds like the ideal job for you, please apply as soon as possible as we may close this job advert early if we receive a high number of applications.

Please submit a CV and cover letter (cover letter no longer than 1 side of A4) before the application deadline. In your cover letter please include your reasons for applying for the role, how you meet the person specification criteria, if you hold a current driving licence and have access to your own vehicle and your notice period.

Please apply by submitting your CV and cover letter here

Closing Date: 09:00am, Friday 24th March 2023

Interviews: Friday 31st March 2023

We are looking to recruit people who share our core values and can demonstrate that they apply and live those values in their daily working practice.

For an informal discussion please contact 0300 456 2370 and ask for a call back from Rachael Griffiths, Community Manager.

A DBS check will be required for this post.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.