Dudley Advocacy is seeking volunteer advocates to work in partnership with vulnerable adults with learning disabilities in the Dudley area.

Advocates can make a real difference to the lives of many people by offering their time and support. Dudley Advocacy will be holding a series of information sessions across the borough in January to help potential volunteers find out more. The sessions will be held between 10 am and 2 pm at the locations below and no appointment is necessary:

·        Dudley Library -  Thursday 3rd January 2013

·        Stourbridge Library -  Tuesday 8th January 2013

·        Halesowen Library -  Thursday 10th January 2013

·        Sedgley Library - Friday 11th January 2013

·        Kingswinford Library - Monday 14th January 2013

All volunteers are trained and CRB checked before being matched with a partner. The advocate will get to know their advocacy partner and support them to make informed choices. An advocate may support people in many ways, including; moving home, making complaints, making changes in care arrangements and speaking up at review meetings

Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for housing, libraries and adult learning commented;

“Volunteering with Dudley Advocacy service is a really rewarding experience both for the advocate and the person they are supporting. With the New Year upon us why not consider volunteering as one of your New Year’s resolutions and have a really rewarding 2013? The information sessions are really informal and a great way to find out more without any obligation.”

Further information can be found at www.dudleyadvocacy.org , ringing 01384 456877 or tweeting us @dudleyadvocacy1