Advocacy Volunteers

Volunteer Self-Advocacy Support Worker

As part of our advocacy work we support self-advocacy within the Learning Difficulties (LD) community. We aim to ensure that people with learning disabilities have a voice and opportunity to feed into and shape learning disability services and priorities in York. We collate themes raised by people with LD in a variety of settings and facilities around York, and run two Self Advocacy Forums a year.

We are looking for volunteers to support the self advocates to participate fully in forum meetings, and also to assist with the collection of themes from a network of organisations providing services and support to the LD community. You might also work with organisations to support the development of self-advocacy within their settings. As part of this role you may also be required to attend meetings and information events relevant to the issues self-advocates are raising.

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Benefits and Debt Advocacy Volunteer

We have been successful in securing funds from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the City of York Council to deliver a project supporting people to access debt and benefits advice, and are looking for volunteers to work with us until Dec 2019.

The role would be to help clients to attend meetings with advice agencies and then to put plans into action to alleviate poverty, including attending benefits related assessments and appeals to support people to communicate their wishes and needs. You will not be giving advice directly around benefits or financial matters, but will be providing much-needed one to one support, helping clients find and understand advice and make choices to improve their lives.

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If you would like more information, then please contact Cat Adlam (Advocacy Hub Service Manager) on 01904 414357 or via email on

To apply, please download and complete the Volunteer Application Form from the Volunteering Opportunities page, and return to