WHAT IS CITIZEN ADVOCACY? - Citizen Advocacy facilitates the development of long term, one to one unpaid friendships between a person with intellectual disability and a caring community member. Our advocates enrich the lives of those they are matched with and speak up for them if needed.
WHY ARE CRISIS ADVOCATES NEEDED? - A crisis advocate has many of the same qualities as a citizen advocate and goes through the same orientation, but instead of committing to a long-term relationship, the crisis advocate is ‘on hand’ to respond to unforeseen or urgent issues. The relationship will only be expected to last as long as the crisis continues.
We recognise that crisis advocates are not always available to assist every person with intellectual disability who may be in urgent need of assistance.
The Citizen Advocacy office endeavors to have a reserve of crisis advocates on hand so that at least one may be in a position to accept a crisis role when the need arises.
If this sounds like the role for you, please contact us to find out more.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of this role, it is NOT suitable for student placements or people wanting to gain experience in the sector. Additionally, we are unable to sign forms for Centrelink purposes.