You will be making a commitment to one person over a period of time who may find it difficult to express their own views and wishes. Your role will be to enable and empower that person to self-advocate if possible or to represent their views when they are not able to do so themselves. You will also support your partner to be active in their community if they wish. This is an evolving advocacy partnership built on mutual trust that Speak Out will support over its course.
All advocates get initial training and ongoing supervision and support. You do not need any previous experience or specific skills, but you do need to be a person who believes that people with learning disabilities should have the same rights and choices to do everyday things as everyone else.
Volunteers will be expected to contribute around 4-6 hours fortnightly and make a commitment of least 6 months post training.
All volunteers will need to have a DBS check.