I joined the POhWER volunteer team in January 2019. To start with I attended an interview,at which I was given the opportunity to showcase my skills & knowledge (including transferable skills) of advocacy. I did this via detailed discussions on various aspects of experience I have supporting diverse individuals with their advocacy issues. Following on from a successful interview, I became a volunteer.

One of the best things about volunteering at POhWER is the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the variety of advocacy services available to adult clients, for example I supported IMHAs, IMCAs, Care Act advocates, RPPRs, NHS complaints advocates etc as they each provided specialist advocacy services to allocated clients. Although as a Volunteer, you do not lead the service provision, you are there to provide support to the advocate, attending visits that allowed me to gain further pertinent skills, knowledge and understanding of each role.

What makes volunteering for POhWER so unique is the opportunity to attend training for various services. Being well trained and experienced, I then applied to Join the RPPR Team. The first time I applied for the role, I was unsuccessful. However, after receiving constructive feedback I then straightaway applied again for the next advertised RPPR role, attended the interview and was successful. I can’t over emphasise the quality and the benefit of the training I received volunteering with POhWER.

Since joining the team, I have gained even further useful skills, especially working in partnership with outside multi-disciplinary teams, and I continue to enjoy my role at POhWER, empowering vulnerable people to have a voice, access services & facilities that meet their diverse needs.