The Advocacy Trust In Gloucestershire recruits and trains volunteers as Advocates.
Once ready - Advocates are partnered with a person who is vulnerable through disability this is to support them in having their voices heard, obtaining services they require and accessing and defending their rights as citizens.
Advocates work in partnership with those they support and because they are independent of service provision they can enable people to make their true wishes known or do so on their behalf.
They can assist people in making choices and in developing and leading more fulfilling lives.
The Trust works with people who have a learning disability.
The Trust needs volunteers from all walks of life to become Advocates.
Most people in the community could become Advocates, it is important that advocates reflect the variety of backgrounds and cultures in their community. Without being aware of it people may already have many of the life experiences and skills needed, such as the ability to listen and not be judgmental, patience and a supportive nature.
No formal qualifications are needed and although previous experience of people with disabilities is useful, it is by no means essential.
No regular time commitment is called for, as each case is different and many volunteers are able to become advocates whilst working full time.
Training and support is provided and expenses are covered.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Advocate please ring on 0845 0511203
If you know someone you feel would benefit from the services of an advocate or if you feel you would benefit yourself, please also on 0845 0511203 or use the contact page.
If you would like to Volunteer Please complete the form below. Thank You.