Job title: Independent Mental Health Advocate

Job reference: 99

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Part time -30 hours, 4 or 5 days per week, working between Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Location: Home Based in Milton Keynes

Salary: £16,622.00 - £20,775.00 per annum + Benefits
            (Full time equivalent - £20,500 - £25,623)

Closing date: 9am on 27th October 2017

About us: Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We’re all about promoting equality, challenging unfairness and giving disadvantaged and vulnerable people access to high quality information, advice and advocacy services. POhWER is a registered charity that provides a range of services across England.

About the role: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a part time Independent Mental Health Advocate to work on our contracts in Milton Keynes.

You will be supporting a wide range of clients with sometimes very challenging/disturbed behaviour or profound needs, so ideally you will have experience of this type of work and working with clients within a secure environment. A good working knowledge of the Mental Health Act and of Non-Instructed advocacy would be an advantage, although training will be given.

About you: You will be a confident positive team player, able to work in partnership with clients and professionals, gaining an understanding of their issues by listening, exploring options and taking action as directed by them. Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, Information and advice or similar role before, ideally in a health, social care or voluntary setting and will have experience of working with adults with Mental Health needs.

You will need to have a flexible attitude and must be comfortable handling highly sensitive information, and in seeking support and supervision. Strong communication skills and time management skills will be required and you will need to be computer literate.

For further details please refer to the full job description.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must live within or close to the Milton Keynes area, have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport.

There are also possible volunteering opportunities available within POhWER across the whole of England, to get more information on these opportunities please visit

Closing date: 9am on 27th October 2017

Interviews: Due to be 10th November 2017

Please note CVs only will not be accepted for this vacancy

Full job description: IMHA_Job_Description_-_January_2017.pdf

How to apply: Fill in the application form. (Your application will only be considered if you submit a fully completed application form attached)

Once completed, please send your application form to or if you are having any problems, call 01438 846023.

A DBS check will be required for this post.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme and Stonewall Diversity Champions. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.