• Job title: Universal Advocate
  • Salary: £22,021 per annum
  • Hours: 30 or 37.5 per week
  • Contract: Permanent (30hrs); Fixed term for two years (37.5hrs)
  • Location: Leeds, LS7 1AB

We have an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about upholding people’s rights to work as a Universal Advocate and join our existing team of advocates who provide this service across Leeds.

About the role

You will use your knowledge and proven skills working with and supporting individuals to have a voice and advocate with, and for them. You will be based in one of our advocacy service areas, (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Care Act Advocacy, Independent Mental Health Advocacy, Community and Health Complaints Advocacy). Over time, you will be expected to work across all the advocacy areas as required within the Universal Advocacy model and training will be provided.

You will be expected to:

  • Within service boundaries, to provide high quality independent advocacy.
  • To keep timely, accurate client contact and other records using The Advonet Group’s database and any other recording system in place.
  • To empower clients to build on their strengths and promote self-advocacy as appropriate.
  • To work in an instructed manner wherever possible or use a non-instructed approach to establish as far as possible, the clients’ views, wishes and feelings, using appropriate forms of communication with clients.
  • Be willing to work towards achieving the Independent Advocacy Qualification (IAQ).

We are looking for someone who has:

  • Ability to develop and maintain trusting and positive professional relationships with people who use our services.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences in a variety of settings and using different formats.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a range of stakeholders e.g. partner organisations, statutory services.
  • Good IT skills in order to be self-supporting, including online research, production of reports and presentations.

About us

Established in 1998, The Advonet Group is an independent advocacy charity based in Leeds. The Advonet Group is comprised of statutory and non-statutory advocacy services and specialist inclusion services, (Asking You!, CHANGE, Leeds Autism AIM, Leep1 – Leeds People First). All of our services support individuals to have their voices heard and their rights upheld.

We are united in our commitment to uphold the nationally recognised advocacy principles and have a diverse staff team of 80 people working within the organisation. We are a Disability Confident and Mindful Employer with Investors in People and Volunteers and have achieved the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark.

The Advonet Group values and respects the diversity of backgrounds, experiences and knowledge that staff, volunteers and job applicants bring. All our staff undertake mandatory training on both Equality and Diversity and LGBTQ+ Awareness to increase awareness and understanding of discrimination both in and out of the workplace, with a view to reduce the impact this has on our colleagues and the wider community. This creates a workplace where staff feel comfortable to be themselves and empowers them, and our service users, to use their unique experiences to inform their work.

“I feel I have grown as a person working for Advonet. I work with such a diverse group of people who are happy to support and help you to grow” – Staff satisfaction survey, (2020)

Benefits of working with us

We offer 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, onsite private parking, free mental health support service, flexible working, within an inclusive, supportive and friendly team. We also offer extensive internal training opportunities.

  • Closing date: Monday 27th June 2022
  • Interviews to be held on: Thursday 7th July 2022

How to apply

To apply for this role, please complete The Advonet Group Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Survey, which can be found on our website, along with a detailed job description and person specification (CVs will not be accepted). Please return applications to [email protected].

Please specify in the job title of the application whether you are applying for the 30 hour position or the 37.5 hour position or whether you would like to be considered for both.

If you would like more information or an informal chat about the post, please call on 0113 244 0606 and ask to speak to Tracy McNamara, IMCA Service Manager or email [email protected].

To download the Job Description, Person Specification and Job Application Form, please click on the buttons below.

To complete our online Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, please click on the button on the right-hand side below this text.

Once the Application form is completed, please email it to [email protected].