Your Voice Advocacy logoYour Voice Advocacy Project employs staff to act as independent advocacy workers for people who have difficulty speaking up.

Charity Number: 1001271   Company Registration Number: 2553487

Independent Advocacy is about helping people understand, access and protect their rights. Your Voice Advocacy Project employs staff to act as independent advocacy workers for people who have difficulty speaking up. Through our People First West Glamorgan wing, they provide social opportunities, practical help and advice to adults with a learning disability.

Your Voice Advocacy are contracted by Neath Port Talbot CBC to provide pan-disability independent professional advocacy and by Swansea CC to facilitate the co-production of services to adults with a learning disability (AWLD). They are funded via a Regional Health, Social Care and Wellbeing Grant to provide practical help and advice to AWLD across West Glamorgan. 

They aim to:

  • Enable and empower people to make informed choices and express their views
  • Support people to access appropriate information and services
  • Defend and promote the rights and responsibilities of our clients in the community
  • Work in partnership with vulnerable individuals and give them a voice

Role on Trustee board:

  • Chairperson of Trustees/Lead Director

Skills, attributes and values required: 

Experience of working in the public or third sector with adults with a learning difficulty, older people, and/or those with mental health problems. Alternatively, s/he is currently involved in voluntary work with any of these groups. 

They should share the aims of the organisation and should be passionate about upholding the rights of those disadvantaged by their cognitive difficulties and who have no one else confident enough to speak on their behalf. 

In their role as Chairperson, they should see themselves as facilitating the collective effective decision-making of the Board, listening carefully to Board members and bringing together diverse opinions to arrive at a single course of action. The chair also provides supervision and guidance to the Project Coordinator. 

They will play a vital role in welcoming, nurturing and encouraging new Trustees and developing their role. 

Commitment required:

The Board usually meets quarterly in the evening, but extraordinary meetings can be called if necessary. Meetings generally take 1.5 hours. Trustees are expected to undergo induction and training (3 sessions per annum). There is an Annual General Meeting.  Total commitment amounts to around 1.5 hours per month.    

Reimbursement/allowance entitlement:

Trustees are fully reimbursed for any expenses incurred during the course of their duties. 

For more information, or to apply, contact Bill Williams at Your Voice Advocacy on [email protected] / 01792 646573.