Relevant Person’s Paid Representative

Home Based – Birmingham
Contract Type: Fixed term until February 2020
Role no: 88
Full-time – 37 hours, 5 days per week Monday to Friday 9 am - 5pm
Salary: £20.000 - £22,438.00 per annum (dependent on experience), + Benefits

Giving people a voice – and making sure it’s heard – is something POhWER does every day. We’re all about promoting equality, challenging unfairness and giving disadvantaged and vulnerable people access to high-quality information, advice and advocacy services. POhWER is a registered charity that provides a range of services across England.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Relevant Person’s Paid Representative’s to join our Birmingham team.

You will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people with sometimes profound and multiple needs, so ideally you will have experience of this type of work, along with a good working knowledge of voluntary organisations.

The role will be supporting a wide range of vulnerable people often with profound or complex needs, including people who have a learning disability, dementia, other mental health need or acquired brain injury in all matters relating to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS). In the role of Paid Representative, you will be maintaining contact with relevant persons in a range of settings, supporting them to understand the DoLS as it affects them, representing their wishes, views and feelings, and advocating for their rights effectively and professionally. Our ideal candidate will have worked in advocacy, information and advice or a similar role before and have either come from a health and social care background or have a strong understanding of the sector and will have a good working knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the DoLS framework. Ideally, you will have excellent experience supporting and promoting the rights of people who face significant challenges in being heard and have the skills to respond proactively to and engage with people with profound or complex needs, including responding appropriately to any communication needs or possible safeguarding concerns. Strong communication skills, time management skills and the ability to keep accurate and up to date records will be required and you will need to be computer literate

The persons we appoint to the role will be a confident, resourceful and motivated team player, able to work well alone as well as part of a wider team, in partnership with clients and professionals, understanding and acting on client views, wishes and feelings by listening and exploring options or doing so through non-instructed work. Those in the Paid Representative role will have a commitment to protecting the rights of some of the most vulnerable people in society through effective representation and so will have a strong commitment to their own professional development, keeping up to date with relevant legislation, case law and external and internal best practice as well as a commitment to the development of the service.

Because of the nature and location of the role, applicants must have a full driver’s licence and access to their own transport. Expenses will only be paid once within the Birmingham border.

Completed application forms will only be considered for this role. For further information or for an application form please email recruitment[at]pohwer[dot]net or call 01438 846023

There are also possible volunteering opportunities available within POhWER across the whole of England, to get more information on these opportunities please visit

For an informal discussion please contact Abdul Raheem, Community Manager.


Closing date: Thursday 12 September 2019 at 9 am

Interviews: Date still to be confirmed


A DBS check will be required for this post.

POhWER is an equal opportunities employer, holder of the Investors in People Silver award and a member of the MINDFUL EMPLOYER scheme. We are a member of the Positive about Disability scheme and disabled applicants who meet all the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview.