Work with us Current vacancies Independent Advocate Home Based: with travel around Hillingdon, London Job reference: 34 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) plus £3,182.00 per annum London Weighting 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 Closing date: Tuesday 28 June 2022 About us: POhWER is a registered national charity supporting people living with disability, mental health, discrimination, and numerous other challenges. POhWER provides specialist advocacy and advice services so our clients can express their views to have a stronger voice so they can uphold their rights, access the assistance they need and make a positive difference in their lives. Our mission is to empower people to have a voice and make a real difference to their lives. We do this by speaking for them when they cannot and supporting them to speak for themselves when they can. About the role: We are looking for an Independent Advocate to join our London team working on our Advocacy contract based in the Hillingdon area of London. The Independent Advocate is an integrated role covering the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act and Care Act statutory services, and also our Community advocacy service. Successful candidates will be expected to become proficient across all of these services so we are looking for people with a passion and willingness to build on current experience and strive to continually develop. 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 strong experience of working with vulnerable adults 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. Resilience will be one of your key qualities as well as experience of working with clients with learning disabilities, dementia, mental health, serious physical health issues, and experience of working within secure settings. 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. Travel expenses will only be paid once in Zones 1-6. Please do read the Job Description which will give more detail of the role 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 34. Closing date: 28th June 2022 Interviews: TBC 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 Mark Miles or Anna Duthie, Community Managers. 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.