Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate

Job reference: 17

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Part-time - 22.2 hours, 3 days per week, working between Monday to Wednesday 9am - 5pm

Location: Home Based: Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton

Salary: £13,500 - £15,373 (depending on experience) + Benefits (FTE: £22,500 - £25,623)

Closing date: 9am on Monday 19th March 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.

About the role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time Independent Mental Health Advocate to work on our contracts in Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

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. You will be supporting both informal and detained patients under the Mental Health Act mainly in hospitals and occasionally in the community.

About you: 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 adults with Mental Health needs.

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.

For further details please refer to the full job description.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within or close to the Birmingham area, have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport.

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

Closing date: 9am on Monday 19th March 2018

Interviews: Due to take place week commencing 2nd April 2018

Full job description: IMHA_Job_Description_-_January_2017.pdf

How to apply: Fill in the Word_Application_form.docx. (Your application will only be considered if you submit a fully completed application form attached)

Once completed, please send your application form to [email protected] or if you are having any problems, call 01438 846023.

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.