Home Based: Gloucester

Job reference: 53

Contract Type: Fixed term contract for 12 months

Full time: 37 hours a week, working hours between Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

Salary: £20,000 to £22,438.00 dependent on experience per annum + benefits

About us:

POhWER is a registered national charity supporting people living with disability, mental health, discrimination, and numerous other challenges.  POhWER provides specialist advocacy and advice services so our clients can express their views to have a stronger voice so they can uphold their rights, access the assistance they need and make a positive difference in their lives.  

Our mission is to empower people to have a voice and make a real difference to their lives. We do this by speaking for them when they cannot and supporting them to speak for themselves when they can.


About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Relevant Person’s Paid Representative (RPPR) to join our Gloucester team on a fixed term contract working on our services across Gloucestershire.

The role will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people often with profound or complex needs, including people who have a learning disability, dementia, other mental health need or acquired brain injury in all matters relating to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). In the role of Paid Representative, you will be maintaining contact with relevant persons in a range of settings, supporting them to understand the DoLS as it affects them, representing their wishes, views and feelings, and advocating for their rights effectively and professionally. Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, information and advice or a similar role before and have either come from a health and social care background or have a strong understanding of the sector and will have a good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the DoLS framework.

About you:

Ideally, you will have excellent experience supporting and promoting the rights of people who face significant challenges in being heard and have the skills to respond proactively to and engage with people with profound or complex needs, including responding appropriately to any communication needs or possible safeguarding concerns. Strong communication skills, time management skills and the ability to keep accurate and up to date records will be required and you will need to be computer literate.

The person we appoint to the role will be confident, resourceful and motivated team player, able to work well alone as well as part of a wider team, in partnership with clients and professionals, understanding and acting on client views, wishes and feelings by listening and exploring options or doing so through non-instructed work. Those in the Paid Representative role will have a commitment to protecting the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society through effective representation and so will have a strong commitment to their own professional development, keeping up to date with relevant legislation, case law and external and internal best practice as well as a commitment to the development of the service.

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

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 (no longer than 1 sides of A4) before the application deadline 10am, Friday 18 June 2021.  In your cover letter please include your reasons for applying for the role, if you hold a current driving licence and your notice period.

Please submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] quoting reference 53.

Interviews for this role will take place virtually (zoom), dates to be confirmed

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period.

Closing date: 10am, Tuesday 1st June 2021

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 http://www.pohwer.net/get-involved/volunteering-for-pohwer.

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.