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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

Young Person's Advocate (Return to Placement)

We are seeking to recruit a part-time (22 hrs per week) Young Person's Advocate based in Bradford (working from home) to complete return to care interviews with young people who go missing from care.

Statutory guidance (Department of Education, 2014) states that all young people who go missing from care should be offered a ‘return to placement interview’ to provide them with appropriate support moving forward.

Young people who run away or go missing can be at risk and return to care interviews are a way in which this risk, or any actual harm, can be identified and dealt with. Our Return to Placement (RTP) interviewers spend time with these young people to:

  • Establish why the young person has runaway e.g. what the young person may be running away from or to (also known as push and pull factors)
  • Establish what experiences the young person may have encountered whilst they were missing and help them to understand the risks they faced/are facing
  • Help the young person feel safe and understand that they have options to prevent future instances
  • Put them in touch with services or individuals who can support them moving forward

Provide the young person with information on how to stay safe should they go missing in the future e.g. helpline numbers

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

If you are interested in the role, 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

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

Please refrain from attaching CV's we only accept application's with the completed application form attached, if this is not completed you will unfortunately not be considered for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Independent Advocates 

We are currently seeking Independent Advocates across Lancashire and within the borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester.

As an Independent Advocate, your role will be 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:

If you are interested in the role, 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

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

Please refrain from attaching CV's we only accept application's with the completed application form attached, if this is not completed you will unfortunately not be considered for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Community Engagement Advocate

We are seeking to recruit a Community Engagement Advocate, based in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

As a Community Engagement Advocate your role holds responsibility for establishing, developing, and delivering targeted community engagement initiatives and advocacy awareness interventions across a large geographical area, working closely with the advocacy team and volunteers.

To work alongside communities, individuals, statutory and non-statutory organisations, community groups, religious leaders and the business sector to provide access to services that are appropriate to the needs of the community. The role will also involve addressing stigma, barriers to accessing services and evaluation of referral pathways, with a focus on improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To provide training and awareness raising sessions to frontline services and be able to highlight good practice, identify gaps, and challenge poor practice i.e. low referrals.
  • Improve accessibility to our service and provide opportunities for individuals and communities to engage in awareness sessions, training, and learning sessions.
  • Facilitate groups with the aim of informing and improving our service delivery and ensure a framework is in place to support people who use our service to be meaningfully engaged.
  • Train members of the public in peer advocate skills to assist the group in representing their peers and cascading information via a network of advocacy ambassadors.
  • Coordinate and facilitate a dynamic ‘Pop-up’ advocacy schedule in liaison with the Volunteer Manager and volunteers. Ensuring partnership buy in from local partners and community groups.

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

If you are interested in the role, 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

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

Please refrain from attaching CV's we only accept application's with the completed application form attached, if this is not completed you will unfortunately not be considered for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

Advocacy Coordinator (Maternity Cover, up to 1 year)

Advocacy Focus is looking to recruit an Advocacy Coordinator to provide support to a variety of service users by phone, email and via our website. Reporting to an Advocacy Manager, the successful candidate will take a lead in triaging advocacy referrals from professionals and clients; maintain electronic systems through data inputting and provide advocacy administrative support to the team.

The successful candidate will also possess first-rate computer skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills and customer service experience. An ability to communicate with service users with empathy and understanding is essential, as is the ability to communicate with a range of professionals and clients. They should also possess the skills and experience necessary to input data with a high degree of accuracy.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • To work as part of the Advocacy Team to provide casework support across service delivery.
  • To deal with client queries, establish eligibility for services, take referrals or signpost as appropriate.
  • To work in a professional, sensitive and confidential manner when dealing with clients or professional partners.
  • To undertake duties in line with safeguarding and data protection principles.
  • To support the team to respond to clients within target times and ensure databases are accurate and up to date.

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

If you are interested in the role, 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

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

Please refrain from attaching CV's we only accept application's with the completed application form attached, if this is not completed you will unfortunately not be considered for the position.

Thank you for your interest.

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:

If you are interested in the role, 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

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

Please refrain from attaching CV's we only accept applications with the completed application form attached, if this is not completed you will unfortunately not be considered for the position.

Thank you for your interest.