Become an advocate

CANCER, OLDER PEOPLE and ADVOCACY (COPA) – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (July 14)

We are looking for people who are aged 50 or over, (who are good listeners) and have been affected by cancer. This could be as a carer, friend, relative, family member, or indeed as someone who has suffered from cancer themselves.

We also recognise the additional needs for support of cancer patients from Black and Minority Ethnic and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual and Trans communities. We aim to be fully inclusive and welcome the contribution and involvement of volunteers from these and all other communities of Oxfordshire.
If you would like to volunteer for this role with OA please contact 01865 230201 or oadg@oadg.org.uk

Are you passionate about getting voices heard?

Most of the advocacy work of OA is carried out by volunteers. These volunteers come from all walks of life, all age groups and all sorts of backgrounds. What they have in common is a little bit of time and an urge to do something useful!

 Volunteers get an opportunity to:

  • Work with and meet lots of different people – this helps to improve their communication skills and increase confidence in dealing with people.

  • Receive ongoing training in a variety of subjects. Discover and develop skills which will help with future employment. As a volunteer you will be trained by OA and checked by the Criminal Records Bureau before you start any advocacy work.

  • Once you are an advocate you will be supported and supervised by a Coordinator. This means that you should always have someone to discuss situations with and to give you advice, or just to off load the details of a difficult meeting!

Obviously not everyone is suited to being an advocate and we hope that the initial training will give you the opportunity to find out if it something you want to do and are able to do. There are some qualities that we look for when recruiting advocates.

 We run 3 or 4 training courses each year. Each training course consists of 3 days initial training and a fourth day when you have had some experience of working as an advocate. You must be able to attend all 3 days of the initial training consecutively. Before being invited on the training you will need to have an informal interview with one of our coordinators so that you can find out more about us and we can find out more about you. If you want more information, to discuss the process or what happens in the training, or want to learn more, see the Contacts page.

If you are ready to apply, or have been asked to provide details, you can submit an on-line application here.

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 The training courses are held at: Barton Neighbourhood Centre, Underhill Circus, Headington, Oxford OX3 9LS, and also at venues in Banbury.

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