Volunteer Roles

Are you looking for a fulfilling and interesting volunteer role in Dorset? Would you like to help us to support over 3,500 people each year? Here you can find out more about the varied volunteer opportunities available at Dorset Advocacy.

Over half our advocacy team are volunteers. They help people in Dorset to have a voice and assert their rights.

When you volunteer with us, you’ll join a team of 60 inspirational and committed volunteers. And you’ll be a highly valued member of our team. The work our volunteers do is crucial to us as it enables us to support more vulnerable people across Dorset. Interested in joining us? We have a wide variety of opportunities to choose from. Click or tap the heading below to find out more about each volunteer role.


Could you spare some time to support someone with a learning or physical disability or long-term condition?
Advocacy is based around solving particular issues. Therefore the person you help will have a specific difficulty that they are having trouble resolving. This could be help with paying for some specialist equipment. Perhaps they are moving house. Maybe they need help getting the support they need in order to live independently. Find out more about advocacy.
Your partner may have experienced isolation or difficulty with communicating their wishes. They will benefit from having you by their side, listening to them and helping them get their voice heard.
By getting to know your partner, finding out about their likes/dislikes, what they value in their life and the barriers they face, you can help them to turn their wishes into reality.
As a rough guide, each partnership requires half a day per week, including travel, meeting and admin time.

Appropriate Adult

We provide support for vulnerable adults who are in police custody in Bournemouth and Weymouth.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of one shift (6 hours) per week.
Appropriate Adults are there to:

  • Ensure the welfare of the vulnerable adult.
  • Help them understand the process, the information they are given and questions they may be asked.
  • Help them understand the outcome of their time in custody.

Appropriate adults are not there to give legal or any other advice.

Find out more about the Appropriate Adult project.
Our volunteers bring varied experience and expertise to the role. When you volunteer as an Appropriate Adult, you’ll receive one full day of training. You’ll also shadow experienced Appropriate Adults before you take on your own cases.
If you would like to help with this project, but not as an Appropriate Adult, you could volunteer as an Appropriate Adult Phone Coordinator – find out more below.

Appropriate Adult phone coordinator

Can you support our Appropriate Adult service? The custody suite will call you when they need an Appropriate Adult to interview a vulnerable adult. You’ll take the details and find a volunteer Appropriate Adult to support the person. You can work as a phone coordinator from your own home on a rota based system.


Do you have experience of preparing funding bids to grant-making trusts? Do you have links to local businesses who may be able to help us? Could you help us to promote leaving a gift to Dorset Advocacy as a legacy? We’d like to hear from you!


We are actively seeking trustees. You can read more article about becoming a trustee for Dorset Advocacy.

Communications and Publicity

If you have skills in design, website updating, being interviewed on the radio or writing press releases, we would very much welcome your experience. Your time commitment and level of involvement is completely negotiable.

Dorset Macmillan Cancer Advocate

Details to follow

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!