Vacancy Advocacy Coordinator – Social Care Ireland

Social Care Ireland and Social Ability Kilkenny are collaborating on this joint project after receiving funding from the National lottery.  Social Ability Kilkenny is a group of self advocates with an intellectual disability that want to speak up about things that affect them and their peers. The group would like an advocacy coordinator to support them. 

Social Care Ireland and Social Ability Kilkenny are collaborating on this joint project after receiving funding from the National lottery.  Social Ability Kilkenny is a group of self advocates with an intellectual disability that want to speak up about things that affect them and their peers. The group would like an advocacy coordinator to support them.

Remuneration:
This position will be contracted by Social Care Ireland for a 10-month period to perform the below duties and the Advocacy Coordinator will be paid a monthly fee of €580 and will be responsible for their own tax implications. They will not be an employee of Social Care Ireland.

Requirement:
8 hours per month

Core Competencies:
The position seeks to coordinate the delivery of a self-advocacy service called Social Ability in the Kilkenny/Carlow region, to people with intellectual disability. The main role of the Advocacy Coordinator is to empower and support individual service users to develop self-advocacy skills.

• A good understanding of the social model of disability and of community development and human rights-based approaches to working for change
• Good group work and facilitation skills
• Good communication skills including an ability to use plain English, to draft accessible information documents and good visual communication skills
• A good understanding of the policy and practice environment experienced by people with an intellectual disability and the challenges and opportunities of seeking to live more independently within this environment

Advocacy Coordinator Duties include but are not limited to:
• Actively promote and support the ongoing coordination of the self-advocacy group, Social Ability in the Kilkenny/Carlow region.
• Access and provide training in rights, advocacy and self-advocacy to the members of the group with intellectual disability.
• To support the group on how to hold meeting/ the roles involved/enhancing membership of the group.
• Coordinate the running of Social Ability with its members, including supporting self-advocates to address issues on a local and National level.
• Create opportunities for Social Ability to exchange ideas with other self-advocacy groups.
• Negotiate and liaise with local services in supporting Social Ability in dealing with issues that arise.
• Network with other bodies and organisations with an involvement and interest in advocacy to promote good links and share expertise.
• Promote self-advocacy involvement and participate as required, support Social Ability to prepare for monthly meeting and to plan and record minutes of meetings.
• Maintain records of duties undertaken, and receipts of finances
• Perform such other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned to him/her by the members of Social Ability.

Please send in your c.v. to Charlotte Burke, cpd@socialcareireland.ie or 0877463926