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We are recruiting – Trainee Advocacy Worker

We are looking for bright, dynamic individuals who are committed to the principles of equalities and human rights to join our team.

The Advocacy Project has over 25 years’ experience in empowering individuals to know their rights and be involved in decisions that affect their lives. We have built a strong reputation advocating for people affected by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007. We have recently received additional funding to work with those navigating the Self Directed Support process and those affected by alcohol and drug misuse.

As a learning organisation, we are proud of the investment that we put into our staff and the opportunities provided to develop skills and talent within the workplace. We are now recruiting for the position of Trainee Advocacy Worker. The successful candidate will be offered a traineeship which includes a robust induction programme, and will receive work based learning and development to work towards completing the accredited Professional Practice Award in Independent Advocacy (SCQF rated level 7).

To apply please complete the application form below and email it to sdimeo@theadvocacyproject.org.uk or post it to The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP.

We do not accept CVs

The closing date is 8th February 2019.

We intend to hold interviews week beginning 18th February 2019.

Trainee Advocacy Worker – Job Description

Trainee Advocacy Worker – Person Specification

application-form

Festive Holidays

The office will be closed on the following days over the festive period:

Tuesday 25th December
Wednesday 26th December
Monday 31st December (half-day)
Tuesday 1st January
Wednesday 2nd January

We will be open as usual other than the days listed.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2019!

Vietnamese Visitors

The Advocacy Project was delighted to welcome 22 government ministers from the Ministry of Social Insurance (Social Security) in Hanoi, Vietnam, organised by City of Glasgow College.

The ministers travelled to the UK to discover more about community engagement and how we access and support advisory and support services. They were particularly interested in the services of The Advocacy Project, and umbrella organisations such as Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance (SIAA), as these services are not available in Vietnam.

The group were welcomed by The Advocacy Project CEO, Moira Nicholson and were offered traditional Vietnamese coffee and cream, which went down a storm.

Shaben Begum, Director of SIAA, explained the role and requirement of independent advocacy. At any one time in Scotland, 21% of the population have a statutory right to advocacy. Shaben spoke of the campaign to promote the inclusion of the right to independent advocacy in the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018. Disabled people now have a right to advocacy under this new legislation and the campaign continues to ensure that everyone has a legal right to independent advocacy if they need it.

Our Operations Director, Gerry McGuire, spoke of the Key Benefits and Outcomes of Independent Advocacy for People and The State, whilst Co-ordinators Olivia Fitton and Ann Lafferty discussed What Works Best and Who is Best to deliver independent advocacy.

Team Leader, Antoinette Quinn, led the final session of the day with a lively game of ‘Advocacy is… Advocacy isn’t…’ which was designed to test their knowledge on the role of advocacy. The results were tight as each group had grasped the concept of advocacy well but one group pipped the rest to the post for the, much coveted, prize of the bottle of Whisky.

September Weekend

Please be advised that the office will be closed on the following dates for the September Weekend.

  • Friday 21st September
  • Monday 24th September

We will open as normal other than the dates above.

Recruitment – SDS Co-ordinator

The organisation has recently secured  Scottish Government, “Support in the Right Direction” funding to provide independent advocacy support to people navigating the Self Directed Support process across the geographical areas we currently serve. We are looking for an SDS Co-ordinator to lead and facilitate this new project.

The successful candidate will preferably have skills and experience in Self Directed Support and Independent Advocacy in Scotland. We are looking for an individual with a commitment and understanding of our value base, to adopt a co-productive approach with a range of partners across the field of SDS.

To apply please complete the application form below and email it to sdimeo@theadvocacyproject.org.uk or post it to The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP.

We do not accept CV’s.

The closing date is Thursday 27th September 2018.

SDS Co-ordinator – Job Description

SDS Co-ordinator – Person Specification

SDS Co-ordinator – Application Form

Recruitment – Trainee Advocacy Worker

We are looking for bright, dynamic individuals who are committed to the principles of equalities and human rights to join our team.

The Advocacy Project has over 25 years experience in empowering individuals to know their rights and be involved in decisions that affect their lives.

As a learning organisation, we are proud of the investment that we put into our staff and the opportunities provided to develop skills and talent within the workplace. We are now recruiting for the position of Trainee Advocacy Worker. The successful candidate will be offered a traineeship which includes a robust induction programme, and will receive work based learning and development to work towards completing the accredited Professional Practice Award in Independent Advocacy (SCQF rated level 7).

To apply please complete the application form below and email it to sdimeo@theadvocacyproject.org.uk or post it to The Advocacy Project, Cumbrae House, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP.

We do not accept CV’s.

The closing date is Thursday 27th September 2018.

Job Description

Person Specification

Application Form

We Need To Talk About Advocacy Open Day

The Advocacy Project are holding an open day on Friday 17th August between 1pm and 4pm!

This is an opportunity to come and talk about advocacy, give your feedback on our service or find out more about advocacy.

There will be two focus groups also held for those who have previously been directly involved with our service. These will take place at the following times:

Service Users: 1.30pm

Referrers/Stakeholders: 2.30pm

If you are interested in attending please contact us, we would love to see you there!

Tel: 0141 420 0961

Email: enquiry@theadvocacyproject.org.uk

Glasgow Fair Weekend

The office will be closed on Monday 16th July for the Glasgow Fair.

The office will be open as normal the rest of the week.

Recruiting – Business Director

Salary:           £36,227 – £38,016

Independent Advocacy is about everyone having a right to a voice and having that voice taken into account.  Under mental health legislation, people have a legal right of access to an advocacy service. With a value base embedded in equalities and human rights, The Advocacy Project, located in Glasgow, is a long established independent advocacy provider across West Central Scotland with over 26 years of experience.

The strategic aims of the organisation is to ensure that it delivers the best quality of advocacy it can to the people who need it the most. This means a dedication to learning and development at all levels within the organisation, from Modern Apprenticeship & CPD to our recently established Professional Practice award in Independent Advocacy, which in turn reflects an investment in its people with IIP accreditation at Silver standard and Healthy Working lives at Gold.

Due to the existing post holder relocating we now seek a Business Director who will oversee the effective and efficient management of the business. They will do this by leading and managing a staff team and infrastructure that supports operational functions while enabling opportunities for growth and development through innovative and creative areas of income generation. With a lead on finance and business management this is an integral role within the executive team.

The successful candidate will have skills and experience in business development and financial management, preferably with an equivalent qualification.

We are looking for an individual with a commitment and understanding of our value base and service provision, who can further develop the scope of the business and explore creative approaches to continue to grow and develop the organisation.

Please find the application pack below:

Business Director Job Description

Business Director – Application Form

Business Director – Person Specification

Closing date: 5pm Monday 30th July 2018.

Interviews will be held : 13th August 2018

This post is subject to PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) Scheme Membership

The Advocacy Project is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Scottish Charity No. SCO20564

Carers Week 2018

Carers Week 2018 will be taking place from 11th to 17th June. This year, the focus will be supporting carers to stay Healthy and Connected.

It is important that communities support carers to look after their loved ones well, but also recognise that carers are individual with health and well-being needs of their own.

Around 6.5 million people in the UK provide valuable unpaid support to family, children and friends, it is calculated that this saves the economy £132 Billion pounds per year. Every day in the UK 6,000 people take on a caring role. Finding out information about the services and rights that you may be entitled to can be a challenge. Here is some information on Carers Week which includes links to information and resources.

If you are in the South Lanarkshire area and are an adult caring for an adult with Mental Health issues we can also provide information on your rights and offer assistance accessing services. For more information on this service please contact us on 0141 420 0961.

For information in relation to this event, please click here.

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