Advocacy Support Worker Part time

Isle of Man
£18,093 Per annum (Pro Rata)
03 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Part Time

£18,093 per annum (pro rata) 

22.5 hours a week, working from home. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join United Response, one of England’s largest learning disability charities. 

We are looking for a Advocacy support worker to work in the Isle of Man.  Although the position is located within the Isle of Man you will be required to work from home.  As an Advocacy Support worker you will support adults with learning disabilities to gain more control over their lives, to speak up for themselves and to be involved in all aspects of their lives.

The successful candidate will:

  • Promote self-advocacy and empower people to make informed choices
  • Promote more effective communication by and with people with learning disabilities
  • Promote the view that everyone can, to some degree, assert their needs and wishes and that the challenge is to recognise this communication
  • Ensure that people’s rights, wishes and views are recognised, supported and represented and to link this with the person centred approach
  • Work in partnership and consultation with families and staff to encourage their support of the advocacy process
  • Educate and disseminate knowledge about the right of people with learning disabilities to self-determination

Specific Duties:

  • Support people at their person centred planning meetings and work towards their voice being heard
  • Support people to work towards having their needs and aspirations met
  • Liaise with individuals and their families, friends, staff and other interested parties to ensure that people’s rights, wishes and views are recognised
  • Manage situations where a consensus is not reached
  • Ensure that all decision making is person centred and challenge any practice that is not
  • Support the Equal Lives Groups Advocacy Groups
  • Actively participate in meetings you are required to attend
  • Support the Service Manager in the publication of the Equal Lives newsletter and related duties
  • Any other related duties as requested by the Service Manager
  • Act as Volunteer Co-ordinator for volunteer advocates

Building relationships:

  • Listen to the people you support, get to know them and what is important to them
  • Build good working relationships with other parts of the person’s support system while maintaining a firm values base
  • Share ideas and good working practice with the people you support and their support system

Essential Requirements:

  • A good standard of general education
  • A very good standard of written and spoken English
  • An understanding of the needs of adults with a learning disability
  • A strong personal commitment to promoting the rights of people with learning disabilities
  • Ability to listen to people with learning disabilities, to support them to have their voices heard and to support them to speak up for themselves
  • Ability to communicate effectively and creatively with a wide range of individuals
  • Ability to work in an assertive and confident way
  • Ability to manage conflict and work towards change
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Ability to keep good records
  • An understanding of the process and impact of disability discrimination
  • An understanding of the rights of people with learning disabilities to equality and full social inclusion and the ability to promote this in all areas of the work
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of computers and in particular word processing
  • Own transport for work purposes
  • Ability to work effectively from home – this will entail having sufficient space for a desk and office equipment including a secure cabinet for confidential documents
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Ability to manage volunteers

Desirable requirements:

  • Experience of working with other agencies such as social services, health services, education or the voluntary sector

The benefits:

In return for your passion and commitment, we offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

20 days paid annual leave (plus 8 bank holidays , pro rata for part time) , which increases after 3 and 5 years service pension contributionChildcare vouchersAccess to free occupational health, physiotherapy, counselling and advice servicesFully paid training and access to nationally recognised qualificationsTravel to work scheme (season ticket loan)Access to an online shopping platform with discounts from over 3,500 retailers

Plus the chance to make a positive difference to someone’s life every day - which is the biggest perk of all! 

So what are you waiting for? Apply now! We look forward to receiving your application.