Dear Candidate,

As the recently elected Chair of The Advocacy Project, I am delighted that you’re interested in becoming our next treasurer and helping us take this incredible organisation on to its next stage of development.

Others in the sector say that we’re “one to watch”. We are known for our relentless focus on quality and also for the robustness, diversity and inclusivity of our governance. I’ve always held voice, rights and choice close to me throughout my career at the South London & Maudsley and Department of Health, and it’s wonderful to be leading an organisation that does this as a matter of course - day in and day out.

I look forward to meeting you.

I hope you enjoy reading this pack of information. Phillippa Fabry, from our advisors Peridot Partners, would be delighted to arrange conversations with you if that would be helpful and we are looking to arrange an open house as part of the recruitment process so that you can meet beneficiaries, staff and trustees.

Dr Dele Olajide
Chair of the Board of Trustees

ABOUT The Advocacy Project

Together with the most vulnerable and excluded, The Advocacy Project amplifies people’s voices and secures their rights.

A strong voice, being heard and understanding rights means that people can make informed choices and active decisions about how they live their lives. Inequality, stigma and isolation are some of the most prevalent issues that people with learning disabilities, mental health problems, eating disorders and dementia face in their daily lives.

We place a relentless focus on enabling people to have a voice and be heard, realise their rights, and make informed choices.

We are delighted that our quality and innovative approaches have been recognised by organisations such as London Borough of Hackney where we are delivering statutory and non-statutory across all care groups, in addition to building the capacity of local people and local organisations to advocate for themselves and others. We have just been awarded the prestigious contract for delivering independent mental health advocacy in Broadmoor Hospital.

With a long tradition of working with adults and older people, we are now doing some extremely valuable work with children and young people. We are currently delivering advocacy services at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Collingham Children & Family Centre, and at Lavender Walk.

As a diverse and inclusive organisation we are proud that 40% of our staff have learning disabilities or lived experience of mental health issues, and we value the insights this brings.

Under the Articles of Association, the Board has established a User Council which comprises of current and former service users.

We are a disability confident committed, mindful employer, our staff are passionate about making a difference to some of the most vulnerable individuals in society and we value all our talented, skilled and committed staff.

Our Mission
To enable every person to have their voice heard, uphold their rights and make choices

Our Vision
A world in which every person has a voice

What we care about
We want everyone to be able to make informed choices and active decisions about how they live their lives. By working with people who are vulnerable or excluded, we address the challenges people face in having their voices heard. We’re committed to being a strong, well-managed and dynamic organisation so we’re best placed to make this happen.

Our vision for the future
Drawing on our strengths and expertise, we are developing new specialist areas to address unmet needs so we benefit more people more powerfully. ‘This includes things like digital innovation, community evaluators, mental health advocacy for young people (including those with eating disorders) and helping people with learning disabilities remove the block and barriers to paid employment.’

Our user council
Our User Council is made up of representatives across all our services and we value their unique contribution. We use innovation and creativity to engage people, ensuring user voices influence organisation strategy and practice in all areas.

Our user council is involved in:

  • shaping and improving services
  • influencing change
  • quality checking our services
  • recruitment of staff

Our passion is for people to be actively involved in the services they use – and this applies to our organisation as much as any other. We have a council made up of representatives from across all our services. They share feedback and ideas from people who use our services, and let us know if we’re fulfilling the high standard we aspire to.

Our board of trustees
We believe good governance is about genuinely holding ourselves to account for making a positive difference to the people we work with. We recognise the link between good governance and impact changing people’s lives for the better.

We are proud of the diversity of our board as it reflects the communities in which we work. One third of the board are service users and 50% have lived experience of the issues on which we work. Board members draw upon the challenges they face in their daily lives to influence decision making and ensure those living with learning disabilities, dementia and mental health issues have a voice at the board table.

The expertise provided by our diverse board of trustees through lived and professional experiences ensures that we are properly informed to make the right decisions about the services we deliver.

For more information please visit these links:

The Advocacy Project Website
Trustee Information Pack

about the role

The Advocacy Project

If you could give marginalised communities a voice to speak up, understand their rights and make choices, would you?

If you answered yes, and you’re an empathetic and experienced financial expert, with business savvy, commercial sector experience and a tight grip on the bottom line, we want you to consider being the next Treasurer at The Advocacy Project.

The Advocacy Project is truly innovative in what they do and how they do it. This is illustrated in how they co-produce and design their services with the people who use them.

It’s important that you understand this, as it’s at the heart of the charity and as Treasurer you’ll embrace and champion the way The Advocacy Project includes diverse voices of lived and professional experiences.

Financial literacy
We’re looking for someone who can demonstrate innovation, asks the right questions and can use risk management actively to further the growth of the organisation with common sense and an eye on the big picture. We’re also looking for someone who can play an active role as a Trustee on our board, who as well as bringing a keen strategic perspective on all things financial, has the ability to contribute to broader strategic issues.

They’re looking for:

  • A track record in contracting and a high level of strategic financial management;
  • Confidence and experience in explaining finances to non-financial people in a simple, inclusive way;
  • Understands charity finance, the need to diversify income streams and the impact that has on budgets;
  • Someone who shares their values, ambition and belief that every voice counts.

What’s in it for you?

  • You’ll join a highly committed, people centred organisation with a track record of growth and reputation for innovation, quality and learning.
  • With your skills, you’ll help further the strategic vision of the charity, while learning the power and importance of building services around people’s actual need.

Treasurer time commitments:
If you join The Advocacy Project, you’ll have an in-depth induction, be matched with a buddy, attend staff training and as part of your ongoing governance development, you’ll attend the annual NCVO conference.

  • The Board and associated sub-committees meet every quarter on the same day, usually an afternoon.
  • As Treasurer you’ll chair the Finance and Audit Committee.

We’d anticipate this role requiring a day a month commitment.

We’d also encourage you to talk to advising consultant:
Philippa Fabry, Director of Not For Profit Practice
philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Closing date: Monday 1st April, 2019.


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