A Day in the Life of SOAR’s Senior Advocacy Worker
To celebrate National Social Prescribing Day, we tried stepping into the shoes of SOAR’s Senior Advocacy Worker.
Julie has worked at SOAR for 11 years and is truly a jack of all trades. “There is no such thing as a typical day being an Advocacy Worker, every day is different and new challenges are always thrown your way.” The advocacy team has evolved over the years to meet the needs of those being referred.
Referrals are sent to SOAR’s Triage and Assessment Worker by a variety of GP’s, Community Support Workers, Housing Officers and a range of external organisations. If the referrals involve benefits, housing service, domestic and family, social care, mental health and debt services they are sent to Julie and the Advocacy Team.
Julie has recently supported a client, alongside the rest of the Advocacy Team in succession of housing, ensuring the correct benefits are in order and has signposted mental health services. The client was extremely grateful for her “caring approach whilst remaining professional at all times.”
What’s the best part of being a Senior Advocacy Worker?
“As an Advocacy Worker, I’m not restricted by the ‘red tape’ many organisations come across. I’m not limited by time restrictions too and as long as clients are showing improvement I can give them the time they need. I also get to work with older people, which is my passion, and work with them to give them options and make wise choices.”
What’s the most challenging part of being a Senior Advocacy Worker?
“It can sometimes be challenging finding contacts within organisations and understanding their processors and ‘red tape’.”