Volunteer advocates are essential to supporting people with M.E. to be heard and to receive vital services. By giving your time and skills to support the regional advocacy service, you will ensure that more people with M.E. receive the support and services they are entitled to.
You will empower your client by:
- supporting and representing people with M.E. on an issue where they are finding it hard to have their views, wishes or needs heard
- providing an independent and confidential service
- holding meetings by phone, video call (and in some instances face to face) with them to learn about the issue that is affecting them and the outcome they want to achieve
- collaboratively work with to produce an action plan
- completing actions within set timeframes
- regularly reviewing the progress of the client's case
- researching and explaining information to your client
- helping your client understand their rights and options
- helping your client make informed choices
- helping your client prepare for meetings
- writing emails/letters on behalf of your client (with their direction)
- representing your client's views accurately
Expenses will be paid. Disabled access available. Insurance is provided. Volunteer must speak English. Working from home but must live in, or within a reasonable travelling distance from Somerset.
We will do this by meeting need now to improve the lives of children, adults and families with M.E. while taking action to secure change for the future."