Mental Health Advocacy Volunteer

Swan Advocacy

Name: Mental Health Advocacy Volunteer
Organisation: Swan Advocacy
Location: Hi Point, Thomas Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 6HB
Type: Part Time
We are looking for volunteers willing to give a little time a week to support people with mental health problems. Travel is involved, so a current and valid driving licence is necessary, along with access to your own vehicle.


The role of the Mental Health Advocate is to support clients who, because of mental health problems, require an advocate to access the services they need. This will ensure that clients have greater choice and control over their lives, both now and in the future.

Mental Health Advocate volunteers will work with both detained and informal patients to empower and enable them to express their individual needs, rights and choices. Supporting informal clients on wards, supporting as a second person on initial client visits and following up referrals in the community.

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Organisation Description

Swan Advocacy is a charity working throughout Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire, Somerset and BaNES, providing advocacy services to those in society who need help to speak up for themselves.


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Cause / Interests

  • Advocacy
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • Crisis Support
  • Justice
  • Mental Health
  • Social Care

Types of Activity

  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Community Health & Wellbeing
  • Community Work
  • General and Helping
  • Legal Work

Skills and Qualifications


Effective communication skills, both verbal and written.
Organisational and planning skills, including time and resource management.
Effective interpersonal skills, with an empathy and understanding different life experiences.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Some experience working in mental health would be preferred.


By working alongside a qualified and experienced advocate, you will gain an understanding for the important role advocates play in giving people a voice. This role will develop your listening and negotiating skills, through liaising with various professionals.
This volunteer role is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in mental health, advocacy or social work.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Role related expenses are paid
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: NA
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: On-going training offered in various subjects
Other: NA

Recruitment Method

Application form, References, Other, DBS Check, Interview