Advocacy - Volunteer Relevant Person's Representative (RPR)

Location: Southampton and Hampshire
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Regular weekly commitment – minimum of 2 hours. The Advocacy Team currently provide a service Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00pm

Solent Mind provides Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth’s specialist mental health advocacy service.

As part of our advocacy service we also provide the RPR service.  The RPR Service is an area of work created by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).  The deprivation of liberty safeguards provide legal protection for those vulnerable people who are, or may become deprived of their liberty in a Hospital or Care Home.  The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and suitable protection in those circumstances.

Anyone deprived of their liberty will have a representative appointed, preferably a family member or suitable close acquaintance.  However, if they do not have anyone who can act in that way for them, they will be appointed a representative (RPR) who must be independent of the Local Authority or Primary Care Trust who appoints them.  This role can be completed by our advocacy volunteers and requires a fortnightly visit to the person to discuss concerns that they may have.

The role of the representative is:

 ·         To maintain contact with the person who is under a DOLs

 ·         To represent and support the person in relation to their DOLs and ensure their rights are being upheld

 ·         To use an organisation’s complaints procedure on behalf of the service user, where appropriate

You will receive comprehensive training in advocacy.  Ongoing support and supervision. Access to Solent Mind’s training programme and any advocacy specific training.

You will be part of a team of volunteers managed by a Volunteer Co-Ordinator and will meet regularly to discuss cases and share experiences.

You will need to be DBS checked as part of this role and attend for interview.  References will also be taken. 

For further information about the role please see the full role description or you can contact: Kayleigh Hughes, Volunteer Coordinator 023 8020 8955; mobile: 07402 855 512 or email  her at

Volunteer Application Forms:

Click on the link to download a volunteer application form (word 97-2003 version) - Application Form

Click on the link to download a volunteer application form (pdf version)  - Application Form

Application forms can be returned by:


Post: Volunteer Co-ordinator, Solent Mind, 15-16 The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XF

Fax: 023 8202 7811

Or of course you can deliver it by hand to the address stated above.