POhWER has recently secured funding to run a Citizen Advocacy service for people in Essex.
The service is available to anyone aged 18 or over who requires support to have their voice heard and support to make informed choices about their life, particularly around health and social care needs, as priority will be given to people eligible for advocacy under the Care Act, such as those with disabilities, health conditions or older people and their carers.
Citizen Advocate’s are volunteers who invest their free time to provide one to one advocacy support to individuals in their local community, including help to access information, speak up and get their voice heard and refer to other relevant organisations.
They are currently looking to recruit more volunteers to meet the demand for this service. Volunteers will receive all the necessary training and support required.
Event in Maldon
The Volunteer Centre- Maldon District has teamed up with POhWER advocacy providers to bring volunteer advocacy to the Maldon District. A special recruitment event will be being held in Maldon Town Hall on the 13th July from 10am for anyone who would be interested in taking on this vital volunteering role.
In recent months mental health services have undergone a lot of changes, many of which have left people confused about where to turn for help and in need of someone who can help them to navigate the system and have their voice heard. This is the role of the advocate, no specific skills are needed as full training and ongoing support will be provided but the ability to listen and empathise is welcomed.
Read more about the volunteering role here
Or contact Linda D on 01621 8518916 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the event.