Job title: Mental Health Advocate

Job reference: 18

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full-time role: 37 hours per week, between Monday to Friday

Office based: Cedar House/Hothfield

Salary: £20,000 to £22.438.00 per annum, depending on experience + Benefits

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 and Scotland.

About the role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Mental Health Advocate to join our Secure Services Team on a full-time basis to work in a secure hospital in the Canterbury area.

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.

You will be supporting a wide range of clients with sometimes very challenging/disturbed behaviour or profound needs, so ideally you will have experience of this type of work and working with clients within a secure environment. A good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and of Non-Instructed advocacy would be an advantage, although training will be given.

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.


Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within the area of Waltham/Chartham, 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

        For further information or for an application form please email [email protected] or call 01438 846023.

        Closing date: Wednesday 27th February 2019 (5pm)

        Interviews: Wednesday 6th March 2019

        Full job description: Secure__Complex_Services_Advocate_-_Nov_2017.docx_2.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 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 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.