A Future in Advocacy

Do you like asking ‘WHY’? Are you good at listening to people talk about their lives? Are you currently out of work? A future in advocacy could be for you.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is the process of speaking up and/or on behalf of yourself or others and an Advocate is a person who represents your wishes as if they were their own. Advocates can help people to deal with doctors and other professionals in the NHS or social services. They normally work for charities, so they are independent. They can help people to:

  • get what they are entitled to,
  • get their point of view across, and
  • get the services that they need.

Advocates might be able to go to appointments with people and help them to write letters. Advocates can sometimes speak on someone’s behalf if they want them to.

How can you get started with advocacy?

Your Voice Counts have a limited number of free places available on a short course to help you discover if advocacy is for you. You’ll be learning about a new career while meeting new people and having fun on the way. What you’ll get:

  • Two learning days to build your knowledge of professional advocacy
  • Ongoing skill development, especially around communication skills
  • The opportunity to shadow professional advocates at client visits (up to six visits)
  • Ongoing one-to-one support

We’re looking for people who are:

  • Able to start this short course in October
  • Able to commit 28 hours over 4 months (we will tailor the shadowing dates to suit your needs)
  • Currently out of work

To book your place on this free course or for more information, please contact: training@yvc.org.uk or Tel: 0191 4786472