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OCD Action - Advocate Volunteer



Details of the Charity:

OCD Action is the national charity focusing on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

We provide support and information to anybody affected by OCD, work to raise awareness of the disorder amongst the public and front-line healthcare workers, and strive to secure a better deal for people with OCD.

OCD Action's vision is of a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where appropriate treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information are readily available and where nobody feels ashamed to ask for help.

Details of the Volunteering Opportunity:

About advocacy

An advocate is someone who helps another person to express their views and wishes by taking action on their behalf. They support them to get their voice heard, have their rights defended and gain the services they need.

About the role

As an advocate volunteer you’ll email, phone and meet with adults diagnosed with OCD. You’ll help them to identify what they need and what their options are. You’ll advocate on their behalf by communicating with organisations, mental health services and support groups.

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of advocacy work in a small and friendly charity. It’s a chance to help people coping with a difficult mental health condition get the support and services they need.

Where will I be volunteering?

From home or in our London office, depending on what you prefer.

What will I be doing?

- Communicating with adults diagnosed with OCD (clients) about their advocacy issue

- Identifying options for clients to help them achieve their goals

- Representing their wishes and views to organisations and services

What sort of commitment does it involve?

Half a day per week / for 1 year

By volunteering with OCD Action you’ll have the chance to develop your skills, meet new people and contribute to improving the lives of those affected by OCD.

Skills Required:

• Empathy, tact and diplomacy

• Excellent phone, email and face to face communication skills

• Good IT skills

• Reliability

• The ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Desirable: knowledge of mental health services

This role requires a DBS Check

Additional Benefits:

  • The opportunity to gain experience of advocacy work within a small charit
  • Full initial and ongoing training
  • Reasonable expenses paid
  • A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check
  • A professional reference (minimum requirement of 6 months casework)
  • Ongoing individual and group support from our Lead Advocate
  • Access to OCD Action events
  • All hours voluteered will be recorded on your HEAR - which goes on your permanent univeristy record
  • Hours volunteered will contribute to your Brunel Volunteers Award which leads to an invitation to the Brunel Volunteers Awards Ceremony
  • Interested? Apply below:
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