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As Investors in People, we are committed to the satisfaction, development and wellbeing of our people. We know that we need to provide our staff with the most supportive environment to ensure that they are able to provide and extend such a high level of support to our service users.

All of our staff have access to relevant training and opportunities to develop and progress within our team. Our Health and Wellbeing Policy also puts employees' physical and mental health at the heart of our business and all of our team members have access to a company counsellor should they need it. 

If you're looking for a rewarding role with heaps of support and personal development, then a career with Advocacy Focus is for you.

We are always keen to hear from people who have experienced or live with ill mental health, social care challenges and/or caring responsibilities.

Current Vacancies

Trustee- Advocacy Focus

Advocacy Focus is a charity supporting people with a range of complex health conditions to have a voice in shaping support to meet their needs. Working across the North West of England and Yorkshire, we work with a range of people to develop their self-advocacy skills to take action on issues relating to their health and social care.  Our clients vary, with some facing mental health challenges, many unable to use conventional means of communication or deprived of their liberty to keep them safe and some lack capacity to take part in decisions because of conditions such as dementia or learning disabilities.

We believe that everyone has the right to be heard and we’re passionate about delivering independent support to uphold our client’s rights where no one else is there to support them.

We are an award winning service provider winning an ‘Outstanding Service’ award at the National Advocacy Awards in 2016 (held bi-annually), our Volunteer Manager was ‘Highly Commended’ at the North West Charity Awards in 2017 and we were winners of the ‘Excellence in Training and Mentoring’ award by SELNET, also in 2017.  Already in 2018, we have been shortlisted as finalists in the categories of Charity of the Year, Employer of the Year and The Skills, Education and Training Award at the E3 Business Awards in July 2018. We’re a dynamic charity striving to become the lead provider in our area of operation and beyond.

We’re seeking additional Trustees to join an already strong leadership and help steer Advocacy Focus through its rapid growth and challenging environment currently facing the sector.

As a member of the Board you will have a clear commitment to our mission, upholding and enhancing the rights and voices of people to be heard.  You’ll already have, or need to acquire, an understanding of your role as a Director within Companies House and Charity Commission legislation.  Knowledge of the sector is not necessary. 

Trustees will need to commit to attending a six weekly Board Meeting currently held in Accrington.  All reasonable expenses will be reimbursed as part of this role.

We’re particularly interested in recruiting trustees with personal experience of using services related to health and social care issues and those from under-represented communities.

To discuss the role please contact Justine Hodgkinson, Chief Executive or John Hutchison, Operations Director on 01254 958940.

To express an interest please forward an initial expression of interest email to: [email protected] for the CEO’s attention.

Treasurer (Board of Trustees) 

Advocacy Focus is on the lookout for a Treasurer to guide our charity finances and affairs.

The overall role of a Treasurer is to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs, ensure its financial viability, and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

What does it take to be a Treasurer?

Sitting on the Board of Trustees, the Treasurer should have the following qualities:

  • Financial qualifications and experience

  • Some experience of charity finance, fundraising, and pension schemes

  • The skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences

  • Being prepared to make unpopular recommendations to the board

  • A willingness to be available to staff for advice and enquiries on an ad hoc basis.

You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

Please send the completed Application and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Forms to [email protected] to be considered for this role.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Independent Advocate - Leyland (MAT Cover)

Advocacy Focus is looking to recruit an Independent Advocate based in Leyland the role is full time, and on a 12-month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave.

The Independent Advocate will provide specialist Statutory Advocacy to local residents across Lancashire.  To promote self-advocacy and empowerment and enable service users to make informed decisions and get their views heard in matters relating to mental health and/or care and support needs within health and social care.

This will be through one to one advocacy and other models of advocacy as required. This activity will include working with people of all ages, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide Independent Advocacy support as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings.
  • To manage a client caseload and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.
  • To provide information, support or signpost clients, so as to inform or empower individuals on any issues regarding their health and care. Including mental health treatment under the amended 2007 Mental Health Act, deprivation of liberty safeguards under Mental Capacity Act and support with safeguarding under Care Act (2014).
  • To advocate for individuals within a variety of meetings relating to their care and treatment, to include ward rounds, case conferences, Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings, mental health assessments, best interests meetings and safeguarding meetings.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant mental capacity, mental health and community care policy, legislation, case law and good practice.

You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

Please send the completed Application and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Forms to [email protected] to be considered for this role. Previous applicants need not apply.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Independent Advocate - Accrington (Fixed term Contract till 30th April 2019)

Advocacy Focus is looking to recruit an Independent Advocate based in Accrington the role is full time, and on a 12-month fixed term contract till 30th April 2019.

The Independent Advocate will provide specialist Statutory Advocacy to local residents across Lancashire.  To promote self-advocacy and empowerment and enable service users to make informed decisions and get their views heard in matters relating to mental health and/or care and support needs within health and social care.

This will be through one to one advocacy and other models of advocacy as required. This activity will include working with people of all ages, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide Independent Advocacy support as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings.
  • To manage a client caseload and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.
  • To provide information, support or signpost clients, so as to inform or empower individuals on any issues regarding their health and care. Including mental health treatment under the amended 2007 Mental Health Act, deprivation of liberty safeguards under Mental Capacity Act and support with safeguarding under Care Act (2014).
  • To advocate for individuals within a variety of meetings relating to their care and treatment, to include ward rounds, case conferences, Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings, mental health assessments, best interests meetings and safeguarding meetings.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant mental capacity, mental health and community care policy, legislation, case law and good practice.

You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

Please send the completed Application and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Forms to [email protected] to be considered for this role. Previous applicants need not apply.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Return to Care Coordinator - Bradford

Advocacy Focus is recruiting a Return to Care Coordinator based in Bradford, the role is part-time, and on a fixed term contract until December 2019. The Return to Care Coordinator will provide statutory guidance to all young people who go missing from care and offer them a ‘return to care interview’ to provide them with appropriate support moving forward. 

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To manage a caseload of young people and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.
  • To carry out return to care interviews with young people that have been reported missing from their placement (face to face, and via the telephone).
  • Time-sensitive report writing upon completion of the return to care interview
  • Monitor trends in missing behaviours and highlight to these to Bradford Council, commissioners and relevant stakeholders.
  • Inform young people of their rights under the UNCRC and their rights to participation in any decisions that affect them.

You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

Please send the completed Application and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Forms to [email protected] to be considered for this role. Previous applicants need not apply.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Independent Advocate - Lancashire

We are looking to recruit an IAQ qualified Independent Advocate to provide specialist Statutory Advocacy to local residents across the North West of England.  This is to promote self-advocacy and empowerment and enable service users to make informed decisions and get their views heard in matters relating to their mental health and/or care and support needs.

The Main duties relate to paid Relevant Persons Representative (RPR) but there is also a requirement to be involved in other strands of advocacy as and when required. This activity will include working with people of all ages, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide Independent Advocacy support as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings.
  • To manage a client caseload and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.
  • To provide information, support or signpost clients, so as to inform or empower individuals on any issues regarding their health and care. This includes mental health treatment under the amended 2007 Mental Health Act, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act and support with safeguarding under the Care Act (2014).
  • To advocate for individuals within a variety of meetings relating to their care and treatment, to include ward rounds, case conferences, Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings, mental health assessments, best interests meetings and safeguarding meetings.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant mental capacity, mental health and community care policy, legislation, case law and good practice.

You can download the role description, application form and equal opportunities monitoring form below:

Please send the completed Application and Equal Opportunity Monitoring Forms to [email protected] to be considered for this role. Previous applicants need not apply.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire BB5 6PW

Although we would like to acknowledge each returned application, as a registered charity, we would prefer to avoid the costs this would incur. Therefore if you have not received a letter within one month of your application, please assume you have not been short-listed for an interview.

Unfortunately, only shortlisted applications will be contacted for an interview and we reserve the right any stage to withdraw the advertised vacancy upon the successful recruitment of a suitable candidate for the position.

Thank you for your interest.