Independent Advocate Home Based: Oxfordshire Job reference: 151 Fixed term contract: 2 years Full time: 37 hours, 5 days per week working Monday to Friday 9am-5pm Salary: £22,500.00 - £25,623.00 per annum + Benefits (dependent on experience) About us: POhWER is a national charity supporting people living with disability, mental health and other issues to have a stronger voice so they can uphold their rights and access the assistance they need. POhWER provides specialist advocacy and advice services so our clients can make a positive difference in their lives. Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We are 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 and Scotland. 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: An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Independent Advocate to join our Oxford team working on our Advocacy contract. 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. 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. Due to the nature of the role and In line with legislation, the successful candidate will need to confirm and demonstrate that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated, or be able to provide certified medical exemption. About you: You will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable adults often with profound and multiple needs, so you will have experience of this type of work, along with a good working knowledge of public and voluntary organisations. Ideally, 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; and experience providing persuasive verbal and written representations. 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 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. 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 Oxfordshire area border. For further information about the role please download the job description and applicant pack here. How to apply Please submit your CV and cover letter (cover letter no longer than 1 side of A4) before the application deadline 9am, Thursday 5th December 2021. 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 151. Interviews are due to held in person. Previous unsuccessful candidates do not need to apply. For an informal discussion please call Saricka March, Community Manager by leaving a message for them on 0300 4562370 Closing date: 9am, 5th December 2021 Interviews: To be confirmed 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. 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.