Community Visitor, Office of the Public Advocate
Contact Name: Mary Macgregor
Contact Phone: 9603 9500
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vacancy number VV10059
Name of volunteer position Community Visitors, Independent Third Persons and Community Guardians
Agency type Disability services
Volunteering activities type Disability support services, Counselling/mediation/advocacy
What's on offer Volunteers working with the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) help to achieve the ultimate goal: to uphold the rights and interests of people with a disability and work to eliminate abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Location of role There are many clients in residential facilities in Box Hill area
Agency profile The Victorian Office of the Public Advocate aims to promote and protect the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. It investigates and speaks out about situations where people with disabilities are exploited, neglected or abused. Where needed itcan use legal powers to make enquiries on behalf of people with disabilities when there are concerns about their safety or interests.
Volunteer duties Community Visitors visit Victorian accomodation facilities for people with a disability or mental illness to monitor and report on the adequacy of services provided, and talk to residents to ensure they are being cared for with dignity and respect.
Independent Third Persons (ITPs) assist people with a cognitive disability of mental illness during interviews or when making formal statements to Victoria Police. They help facilitate communication and ensure people with a disability are not disadvantaged.
Community Guardians act as independent guardians for Victorians with a disability who cannot make decisions for themselves. Community Guardians, help them make personal and lifestyle decisions in their best interests.
Volunteer skills/qualities OPA's volunteers, come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions.
Recruitment process Register online to become a volunteer
Training and support provided Each volunteer program is coordinated by OPA staff dedicated to providing volunteers with comprehensive induction and ongoing training programs, support and advice, supporting materials and educational resources relevant to their role.
Police check required Yes
Working With Children Card required
More information Go to volunteering page of the Office of the Public Advocate