"I was in my final year studying Criminology & Sociology at UCLAN when it was suggested I gain some voluntary experience in mental health wards to help me with my future career potential. I saw an opportunity with Advocacy Focus on the do-it.org.uk website and thought that it was an fascinating company doing valuable work, not only in the field of mental health but in other areas of health and social care.

I contacted the Volunteer Manager and was told about the training programme, which was really helpful when I started to work on the Mental Health wards in Burnley General Hospital providing drop-in sessions. The Advocacy Focus Independent Advocates were really welcoming and friendly and helped to show me the ropes. Once confident in my role, I then provided the triage service to ward inpatients every alternate Thursday for 4 hours and patients really seemed to welcome me as a friendly face that was there to support them. 

I enjoyed my volunteer role and the support of the Advocacy Focus team that when a role as an Independent Advocate became available before I graduated, I jumped at the chance to apply. I am now enjoying my staff training, and look forward to a productive career in advocacy."

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