Advocacy Coach

Will you help give a voice, to those who need it most?

Are you engaging and able to build confidence in others?

Do you believe that everyone has an equal right to have their voice heard?

Do you have the skills to empower others to be confident in self-advocating?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

The South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) support vulnerable people on the Isle of Wight to have their voice heard.

We are seeking volunteers to help us support people to speak up for themselves and find their own voice.

The role of an Advocacy Coach is to support clients to develop the skills and confidence to self-advocate either for a one-off event or as part of the client’s personal progression.

Advocacy Coaches deliver Self-Advocacy Workshops and provide peer advocacy groups and 1:1 advocacy coaching to clients. This ensures that clients have greater choice and control over their lives, both now and in the future.

Advocacy Coaches also support professionals to understand how to support those they work with to self-advocate by delivering bespoke workshops.

Advocacy Coaches ensure outcomes and impact data of self-advocacy coaching and programmes captured, monitored, and used to develop services and adapt the Self-Advocacy Toolkit accordingly.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Provide 1:1 self-advocacy coaching to clients.

• Co-deliver self-advocacy workshops for clients.

• Co-deliver bespoke advocacy awareness and self-advocacy workshops for other professionals working with vulnerable clients.

• Obtain feedback and evaluation of all courses provided via an online and paper survey.

• Support the collation of all feedback data into a report

• Attend meetings to promote the self-advocacy workshops and explain their importance for client empowerment.

• Use the SWAN Training Matrix to ensure accurate collection of data and recording of workshop delivery.

• Use Cygnet database to record all travel time, and associated activities within the role as an Advocate Coach.


Skills and Attributes

• Positive attitude towards vulnerable clients who may have a variety of complex needs.

• Knowledge and understanding of the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Mental Health Act 1983is desirable but training will be provided.

• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

• Experience of delivering training or workshops to groups.

• Experience of record keeping and report writing.

• Knowledge and understanding of Safeguarding.

• IT literate.


  • Diversity and equal opportunities policy
    Equality, diversity and inclusion are core to SWAN’s values. We welcome applications from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates, as well as those with lived experience of using advocacy services.
  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Must be over 18 years to volunteer
  • Child Protection
  • Complaints Policy
  • Confidentially Policy
  • DBS check required
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for Under 16's
  • Suitable for Under 18's
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 17/08/2021

End Date: 17/08/2022

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Availability Details

We are looking for volunteers with regular availability of around 6 hours per week. Part of the role can be completed at home. The workshops and peer support groups will be held at community centres across the isle of Wight.


Community Action Isle of Wight Riverside,
The Quay,
Isle of Wight
PO30 2QR

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