Volunteer Training

When you volunteer at Dorset Advocacy, we offer volunteer training to support you to develop your skills. Our training will provide you with the tools you need to support people across Dorset in the best and most professional way possible.


Training for new volunteers

All of our new volunteers attend a two day induction course as well as project specific training and ongoing guidance from the Volunteer Manager, Project Coordinators and staff members throughout the organisation.

The induction introduces and explores the concept of advocacy and encourages you to discuss and share ideas and experiences. Our induction also provides information about the organisation itself and aims to ensure that, after completing the training, you’ll feel confident in becoming a volunteer.

Not only this, but some of the topics covered can help to equip you with skills to help you move into the wider workplace, if that is your aim. These topics include:

  • Understanding safeguarding
  • Person-centred care
  • Developing communication skills

Further training

We also want to enable you to develop your skills and learn more about the work that you undertake. So, as well as the induction and project specific training, you’ll have the chance to attend other training courses. We’ll consult with you to identify any training needs you may have and either deliver it in-house or source external specialists to deliver it.


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How do I become a volunteer?

Contact Becky Thomson, our Volunteer Manager. You can call her on 01305 251033 or email becky@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk. Becky will talk to you about volunteering and send you application information. When you become an advocate she’ll also support you in your role. You’ll work directly with other members of staff for non-advocacy roles. We hope you’ll join us, we’ll warmly welcome you into our busy team!