Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate

Job reference: 28

Contract type: Permanent

Hours:  15 Hours, 3 days a week, working Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Location: Office Based - Basildon, Essex

Salary: £9,122 - £10,388.00 (Full time equivalent £22,500 - £25,623) depending on experience) + Benefits

Closing date: Tuesday 26th March 2019

Interview date: TBC

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 a part time Independent Mental Health Advocate to work on our contracts based at St Andrews in Essex. 

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.

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. This role also requires lone working for the majority of the time.

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.

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.

Full job description: IMHA_Job_Description_-_Oct14.pdf

How to apply: Fill in the application form. (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 846015.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme and Stonewall Diversity Champions. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.