Can I be an advocate?
Asist seeks to fully represent the community of Staffordshire and welcomes volunteer applications from individuals of all backgrounds, cultures and minority groups; it’s not qualifications that we’re looking for, its life experience, a caring personality and a commitment to supporting disempowered individuals to deal with the world on equal terms.
Potential volunteers will be invited for a meeting and complete an application form. Each volunteer will be asked for 2 character references, undergo training and a DBS check before being accepted as a volunteer. We undertake checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service for all volunteers as you may be supporting vulnerable adults. Having a criminal record will not be an automatic bar to volunteering with us, as only relevant convictions will be taken into account. We can provide a copy of our policy on recruiting ex-offenders upon request.
Do I need formal qualifications?
No. All we expect is that advocates have the confidence to speak up for others and to have awareness that many people are denied a say in their own affairs.
What commitment do I have to make?
The people we support will need to see their advocate during weekday office hours; apart from this we do not make a specific demand on people’s time. Some people have more time available than others. It is possible to be an effective advocate with just a few hours a week to spare but flexibility is essential.
Will it cost me money?
No. All volunteers will have their mileage, telephone calls and other agreed expenses reimbursed.