Help us with our volunteer work
There are various ways to be involved with Citizen Advocacy. If you would like to help us with our volunteer work or just find out more, we invite you to call or drop by our office to discuss your interests. Alternatively, you can contact us via the online form or through Facebook.
Advocates do not need special qualifications, experience or prior involvement with people with disabilities. They do, however, need to believe strongly in the right and need of people with intellectual disabilities to be treated with dignity and respect. They need to be prepared to enter into a long-term relationship, where they will be diligent in safeguarding the wellbeing of the person with intellectual disability, speaking up and taking action on their behalf whenever necessary.
Crisis Advocates have the same beliefs as long term Advocates; however, their roles are more task oriented and generally only lasts long enough to resolve a specific issue in the life of the person with disability. Typically, a Crisis Advocate is a resourceful, persistent and versatile person with calm self-confidence.
Advocate Associates are primarily a resource for Advocates. They are people who have expertise, knowledge or experience in a particular area (such as health, housing, legal issues etc.), which may assist an Advocate to deal with a specific issue in the life of their Protégé with disability. Although not undertaking advocacy themselves, Advocate Associates provide time and information to Advocates free of charge.
Management Committee Members
In addition to attending and participating in monthly meetings, overseeing the employed staff and the operation of the program, our volunteer Management Committee members are also encouraged to be actively involved.