Work with us Current vacancies Independent Advocate Hybrid working: combination of working from home with extensive travel across Buckinghamshire Job reference: 74 Contract type: Permanent Full time: 37 hours, 5 days per week working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm 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 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 in the Buckinghamshire area border. About us: Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We’re all about promoting equality, challenging unfairness and giving disadvantaged and vulnerable people access to high quality information, advice and advocacy services. POhWER is a registered charity that provides a range of services across England. 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. About the role: We are looking for an Independent Advocate to join our Buckinghamshire team working on our Advocacy contract. Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, information and advice or similar role before, ideally in a health, social care or voluntary setting and will have experience of working with vulnerable adults. You will have strong experience working with vulnerable adults who are affected by significant health and social care issues who find it difficult to speak up for themselves. You will have experience of supporting vulnerable people to communicate as well as experience of speaking on their behalf or submitting 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. You will be performing a wide range of advocacy roles including; Independent Mental Capacity Advocate under the Mental Capacity Act, including deprivation of liberty safeguards, Independent Mental Health Advocate under the Mental Health Act Independent Advocate under the Care Act Relevant Persons Paid Representative under deprivation of liberty safeguards You will need to have a flexible attitude and must be comfortable handling highly sensitive information whilst able to work well independently and confidently on behalf of others. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate. For further information about the role please download the job description and applicant pack here. How to apply We’re keen to get someone started in 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 your 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 submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] quoting reference 74. Closing date: 7th July 2022 Interviews: 12th July 2022 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.