Advocacy Volunteer

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse) works with victims and survivors of sexual violence and child sexual abuse, providing independent, specialist support and promoting and representing their rights and needs.

CARA is a registered charity working with adult women and men, young people (aged 13-19) and children (aged 12 and under) from across mid and North Essex.

CARA is looking for a female Advocacy Volunteer to support our Advocacy Co-ordinator in providing advocacy support to victims and survivors of any kind of sexual violence.

Working flexible hours (ideally a minimum of 8 hours a month) the Advocacy Volunteer will be based in the CARA offices in central Colchester.

No formal qualifications required. Full training and support will be provided, and travel and other expenses will be paid.

The volunteer will be line managed by CARA's Advocacy Co-ordinator and will work alongside the very friendly CARA team.

Our Advocacy team support CARA's clients with a wide range of advocacy issues. The main tasks are to support victims and survivors of sexual violence with:

Accessing benefits, including filling in forms

Accessing services, including mental health, housing and legal services, and accompanying to appointments, if necessary.

Providing and signposting to financial support and debt advice

Accessing appropriate support at School/College/Work

Emotional Support

This volunteer role is open to women only and is exempt from the Equality Act (2010) under Schedule 9, Part 1.


What we expect from the volunteer:

An open and non-judgmental attitude

A commitment to empowering victims and survivors of sexual violence

A willingness to commit the necessary time to supporting vulnerable clients


A willingness to work in accordance with CARA policies and procedures

Attendance at one volunteers meeting per month (held on the first Thursday evening of each month, 6:30 - 8:30pm)

Attendance at monthly line-management meetings


  • Suitable for under 18s
  • DBS check required
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Written role description
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer induction
  • Ongoing support
  • Health and Safety Policy

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 13/04/2018

End Date: 13/04/2019

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Availability Details

Weekly(flexible). 1 or 2 days a week, days shown are preferable


This opportunity is available in: Colchester

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