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Individual Advocacy Team Leader

36.25 hours per week (full-time/possible job share option.)

Salary: Pt 31 – 34  £28,550 – £31,096 per annum

Location: East Lothian and Midlothian with occasional work across Lothian. Some home working is possible.

An exciting career opportunity is waiting for the right person as the Team Leader of CAPS’ growing Individual Advocacy team.

You will be joining a friendly and dynamic team as you provide day to day management and support for our growing group of Individual Advocacy workers. This is an exciting new role and a great opportunity to join an expanding organisation that’s making a real difference to people’s lives.

You will line manage a number of the Individual Advocacy Workers as well as providing support and guidance for the team as a whole alongside our Individual Advocacy Manager. You will also be involved in promoting and developing CAPS’ Individual Advocacy service as well as maintaining your own small caseload of direct individual advocacy work. Excellent communication and organisation skills will be required as well as experience in leading a small team.

Our Individual Advocacy team provide independent advocacy to adults living in East Lothian or Midlothian who are experiencing a mental health issue or are affected by drug or alcohol use. Our role is to assist our advocacy partners to have a stronger voice and ensure their views and wishes are taken into account in the decisions that affect them. You will need a good understanding of the issues people accessing CAPS might face and a commitment to Independent Advocacy Principles & Standards.

This post will be subject to membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme and appropriate check.

There will be a 6-month probationary period attached to this post.

Applications welcome for reduced hours as a job share role would be possible. Closing date for applications is Thursday 16th June at 12 noon. Interview date and arrangements to be confirmed.

Download the information you will need and the application form at the links below.

Individual Advocacy Team Leader Person Specification

Individual Advocacy Team Leader Job Description

Individual Advocacy Team Leader Application Form

Individual Advocacy Team Leader Equalities Form

If you have any questions about the application process please contact or 07971 951 502

What advocacy partners have said about CAPS’ individual advocacy service:

I hope the service goes on forever – it has saved lives. It's very important to have this organisation.

My advocate has helped me so much – I would have been in trouble without him. I know that I can contact him about something I don't understand, and he always comes back very quickly.

The advocate helped me when I was overwhelmed by the whole situation – she did a lot of work to co-ordinate everything. Because she spoke up for me I was able to carry on.

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