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As Investors in People, we are committed to the satisfaction, development and well-being 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

Apprentice Independent Advocate / Advocacy Co-ordinator

Are you interested to embark upon an award winning apprenticeship programme?

We are looking for an Apprentice Independent Advocate / Advocacy Co-ordinator to support our provision of Advocacy services.

Working initially from our Accrington Head Office, you will learn to support people of all ages with Advocacy, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity. You will study and shadow trained Advocates to understand all aspects of Independent Advocacy support. Once successfully completed, this apprenticeship will lead to a Trainee Independent Advocate post. It is also worth noting that Apprentices have the same opportunities as the rest of the team for training and development at Advocacy Focus and we nurture an Apprentice’s emotional well-being as part of our company wide Health and Well-being policy. 

If you answer yes to the four questions below, then download the job description today!

To apply for the apprenticeship, please send an expression of interest letter and CV (if you have one) to [email protected]

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

The position is to start mid September and the closing date for applications is the 31st August.

Trustee - Advocacy Focus

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 - 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.

Independent Advocate – (Spot Purchase) LANCS

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.