Work with us Current vacancies Independent Advocate Job title: Independent Advocate Job reference: 88 Contract type: Fixed term - until March 2019 Hours: Part-time – 29.6 hours, 4 days per week, working Tuesday to Friday 9am-5pm Location: Home Based – Luton, Bedford Salary: £18,000 - £20,498.00 (full time equivalent - £22,500 - £25,623.00 per annum + Benefits Closing date: 09.00am - Monday 24th September 2018 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. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Independent Advocate to join our Bedfordshire team working on Advocacy services based in the Luton region. The Independent Advocate is an integrated role covering the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, Care Act and NHS complaints. 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. POhWER has strong values which underpin all of our work and relationships; the successful person will live our values and evidence this through all their work and interactions with clients, professionals and colleagues. You will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people with sometimes profound and multiple needs, so ideally you will have experience of this type of work, along with a good working knowledge of voluntary organisations. Resilience will be one of your key qualities as well as experience of working with clients with learning disabilities and experience of working within secure settings. You will be a confident positive team player, able 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 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 need to have a flexible attitude and must be comfortable handling highly sensitive information, and in seeking support and supervision. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate. Advocates will need to travel independently of public transport and have a full driving licence. We apologise in advance, that if you do not hear back from us within two weeks of the closing date then please presume that you have been unsuccessful. There are also possible volunteering opportunities available within POhWER across the whole of England, to get more information on these opportunities please visit http://www.pohwer.net/get-involved/volunteering-for-pohwer. Full job description: Independent_Advocate_job_description.pdf How to apply: Fill in the application form. (Your application will only be considered if you submit a fully completed application form attached) For an application form please email [email protected] or, if you are having difficulties downloading the application form, please call 01438 846015. Closing date: 09.00am, Monday 24th September 2018 Interview date: Friday 28th September 2018 For an informal discussion please call 0300 456 2370 and leave your contact details for Asimah Naseem to call you back. 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.