Could you be an OCD Action Volunteer Advocate?We have been awarded 5 years funding from the Big Lottery Fund to provide a new service, called ‘Advocacy for OCD’ and we are now looking for 20 volunteers across England only to be part of this unique & exciting service.Read more about Advocacy for OCDWe will continue to provide one-to-one advocacy to adults with a diagnosis of OCD who are struggling with an issue due to the nature of their OCD. They might be having problems with their employer or housing provider, where they’re studying or they might be struggling to access appropriate care & treatment. We’ll continue to provide advocacy via email, telephone and, where we have volunteers, face-to-face. Through this work we aim to, not only support people with their specific issue, but also to help them develop life skills such as increased confidence and improved coping strategies so that they can remain healthy & active citizens.In addition to the face-to-face advocacy work, this funding will give us the chance to influence change on a more regional and national level. We aim to address the collective issues faced by people with OCD and to challenge the discrimination and stigma faced more widely by the OCD community. For example, by looking at local and regional trends we will be able to raise evidenced concerns with commissioners about ease of access, availability and quality of CBT services or highlight an example of good practice by a particular employer towards the needs of an employee with OCD. In this way we hope to ensure a long-term improvement in the quality of life for all people with OCD. Why should you apply?We will provide you with all the necessary training and support to carry out the role as well as covering any travel expenses you might incur. Volunteers need to have personal experience of OCD either first hand or as a friend/family member of someone with OCD, well developed communication and engagement skills, be empathetic, diplomatic and assertive and have a non-judgemental attitude.If you feel that you have the skills necessary and would like to play a key role in improving the lives of people with OCD please complete the attached application form and either email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post it to: Collette Byrne, Advocacy Manager, OCD Action, Suite 506-507 Davina House, 137-149 Goswell Road, London EC1V 7ET.Volunteer Advocate Application FormVolunteer Advocate Role Description The application deadline for this role is 5pm on Wednesday 2nd September.Training for this role will take place on the 4th and 5th September in Birmingham.If you have any questions then you can ring Collette on 020 7253 5272.