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We are recruiting to a new position of Independent Mental Health Advocate – go to ‘Getting Involved’ Paid Vacancies.

Paid Vacancies


21 Hours per week over 3 days (Mon, Wed and Fri)

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work for Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service. We are seeking an organised and motivated individual to join our team. An awareness of diversity and ability to research complex and sensitive issues independently and quickly is essential to the post. Experience or knowledge of working with those with mental health diagnoses and learning disabilities diagnoses would be preferred.

Advocacy is helping to support clients to express their wants and wishes and ensure that their views are expressed clearly. An Independent Advocate will help clients to speak up and act for themselves. This can include listening and providing information and representing someone’s views by speaking on their behalf. An Independent Advocate may be asked to support clients by attending Mental Health Tribunals, Review Meetings, Care Plan meetings and more. Clients may want to contact an advocate if they are concerned about their treatment or care, or any other problems they may have whilst staying in hospital, a residential setting or in their own home.

You must be a good communicator and have excellent listening skills as these are key to the role of an Independent Advocate.  You must be computer literate and able to work on one’s own initiative and also have the capacity to work as part of a team. It is essential you have a full driving licence and access to independent transport.

This post is to meet the advocacy requirements of clients across the spectrum of mental health and learning disability referrals. Such referrals include those from all aspects of NHS and Council services, including Mental Health Officers, GP and Acute health care, we also receive many self-referrals and requests for support from carers and other third sector organisations.

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service provides Individual and Collective Advocacy, which is free, independent and confidential to adults aged 18 and over across the Region.

The Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service, including if necessary, some work during evenings or weekends would be required.

Salary: (£17,210 pro rata) £9,768

Duration of Post: This post is initially for one year

Office Base: 9 Church Crescent, Dumfries, DG1 1DF

How to Apply: Download and complete the application and email to the Chief Executive at: pamela.deans@dgadvocacy.co.uk  

Alternatively, you can post your completed application to: Pamela Deans, Chief Executive, Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service, 9 Church Crescent, Dumfries, DG1 1DF.

If you wish to discuss the role further, please contact Pamela Deans on 01387 247237.

Closing Date for this post is end of business on Friday 1 August 2019.

Application Information 

IMHA Job Role & Person Specification

Privacy Notice for Job Applicants

DGAS Advocacy Briefing

Independent Mental Health Advocate Application Form DGAS (IMHA)