Dewis Centre for Independent Living (C.I.L.)

A voluntary organisation working in six Local Authorities

Citizen Advocacy

01443 827930

info@dewiscil.org.uk

Citizen Advocacy

Citizen Advocates

Citizen Advocates are volunteers who aim to support their Advocacy Partner to improve a part of their life.  The Advocacy Partner must be over the age of 18 and may be someone who is socially isolated, experiencing difficulty in life or at a transition of some kind.

Citizen Advocates support their partner to identify the parts of their life that they would like to change and find ways to work towards this.  Citizen Advocates can support their partner to identify and communicate their wishes and choices but will never make them or try to influence their decisions.

All Citizen Advocacy partnerships are created for the benefit of the advocacy partner and so the role of the Citizen Advocate will depend entirely on the need of the advocacy partner.  Citizen Advocates could support their partner to access an activity, join a new group or be more active in their community- it will all depend on what the advocacy partner wants or needs.

Partnerships are longer term and based on trust, confidentiality and friendship.

Citizen Advocates are DBS checked at an enhanced level and have completed their POVA training.

Who can be a Citizen Advocate?

Citizen Advocates come from many different backgrounds.  They need to be able to build a relationship with their partner based on trust and confidentiality, whilst maintaining appropriate boundaries.  Citizen Advocates need to be able to commit to meeting their partner on a regular basis and support them to identify their options and choices but not make them for their partner.   Citizen Advocates should support their partner to attain their goals as far as possible.

Citizen Advocates often support vulnerable and socially excluded people. We ask that all Citizen Advocates are able to provide a clear DBS at and Enhanced Level and 2 character references.  They should also be willing to complete the Induction Training and Adult Safeguarding course (there will be no cost to the volunteer for this).

We try to look after our volunteers at Dewis C.I.L and will give Citizen Advocates ongoing support.  If volunteers show a long term commitment, there is the opportunity to gain a recognized Advocacy qualification.

Volunteering as a Citizen Advocate?

 Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and make a difference in your local community. As a Citizen Advocate you will be working with vulnerable and often socially excluded people to improve their quality of life. You will receive valuable training for free and gain experience of supporting and empowering people.

If you want to have an informal chat to someone in the advocacy department about the role please contact us.

Once we receive your completed application form we will arrange to meet with you. At this meeting we will talk in detail about the role and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. You will then go on to receive training and when there is somebody suitable we will match you with an advocacy partner.

We are only currently able to offer a Citizen Advocacy service in Pembrokeshire.