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DIAS is Recruiting a Manager

An exciting opportunity to play a key role in making Dundee Independent Advocacy Services (DIAS) in which independent advocacy in all its forms can flourish and thrive.  The Manager will be committed to DIAS principles and beliefs, have proven experience in leadership, preferred but not essential of the Third Sector, and will be committed to providing strong leadership to the DIAS team along with direction and management in relation to all aspects of DIAS activities, including service provision, volunteering and fundraising.

DIAS purpose is to build strong social connections, reduce inequalities and support vibrant communities through volunteers and experienced advocacy workers.

An information pack can be obtained by contacting Morag Owen, Administration Officer morag@diasdundee.org or telephone 01382 205515

Location: Dundee
Hours: 30 hours per week
Salary: £32,000 pro rata

Benefits: Employers Pension Scheme, 36 days (pro rata) holidays and a flexible working scheme in place

Application is by CV to Jenny Cameron, Executive Director and the Closing Date is 12 mid-day on 31 August 2017.

For interested applicants there is an opportunity for an informal chat with Jenny Cameron, Executive Director: contact details

The post will be subject to a satisfactory PVG Membership.



Our warmest congratulations to

Our very own Veronica Harris receiving her award for Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator of the Year 2017


"I am so exicted to receive this award as recognition of the work I do with volunteers.  I could not do this without the back up of the other staff at DIAS and our hardworking team of volunteers"

Gonna need a bigger shelf!!  -   Well Done Veronica



Best Volunteering Provider Award - University of Dundee Volunteer Awards

Ta dah!!

We won


Well done to Veronica Harris, Volunteer Co-ordinator and the staff at DIAS for this recognition of all their hard work. Veronica is pictured here with Karl Leydecker, Vice Principal of Learning and Teaching, University of Dundee.



Want to know more about Peer Advocacy?

Then come along to our event being run as part of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability “Looking back, thinking forward” Learning Disability Week 15-21 May 2017


Monday 15th May 2017

Presentation at 2pm

DVA, Number 10, 10 Constitution Road,

Dundee DD1 1LL

· Meet and talk to Peer Advocates and the Volunteer Co-ordinator

· Find out how a Peer Advocate could help someone you support

· Find out how someone you support could volunteer as a Peer Advocate

· For more information or to book a place contact Veronica 01382 205515 veronica@diasdundee.org




DIAS are delighted to have been nominated for the category of Best Volunteering Provider Award at the University of Dundee Volunteering Awards 2017. The Awards Ceremony takes place on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 so watch this space!



Chair and Directors of the DIAS Board

An exciting opportunity to play a key role in making Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS) the lead provider of independent advocacy services has become available. The Chair of the Board leads the Directors in their governance of the organisation to ensure that it meets its objectives and to shape and drive the strategic vision of DIAS.

We are looking for Directors who can bring expertise in fund-raising, business planning and or HR to the current mix of board skills, as well as a strong commitment to the principles of social justice and an understanding of the ethos of the voluntary sector.

An information pack can be obtained by contacting the DIAS office on 01382 205515 or by email; office@diasdundee.org.  For interested applications there is an opportunity for an informal chat with the Vice Chair, Susan Ross on susan.ross13@btinternet.com


Short Term Citizen Advocates (Volunteers)  (Expenses refundable)

Dundee Independent Advocacy Support (DIAS) has been delivering independent advocacy for 20 years, providing a professional service through trained staff and volunteers across Dundee.  Based on the fact that people have the right to be as involved as they can be in decisions which affect their lives and where necessary have their rights safeguarded.  A demonstrable understanding and commitment to the principles of inclusion, equality and empowerment are required.  Full training and ongoing support will be provided.

  1. Expressions of interest are being sought from volunteers to be trained in Short term Citizen Advocacy standards to support DIAS partners affected by enduring and long term mental ill-health conditions.

Please email DIAS on: office@diasdundee.org for an application pack or

Telephone - 01382 205515

Upon receipt of Short Term Citizen Advocate applications, individual appointments will be arranged.



    Date Title   Description
    15th May         2017          Want to know more about Peer Advocacy  

Join us at

DVA 2pm

Dundee Voluntary Centre

Number 10, 10 Constitution Road,

Dundee DD1 1LL





Valuing Independent Advocacy within Social & Health Care


We will be holding regular awareness sessions for all persons interested in what we do. So if you cannot make this date, look out for future dates.

We will look at what independent advocacy is, and what it is not, when it may be needed and the importance of the relationship between the advocate and the person. If you are a new member of staff or a student or just want to find out more, email office@diasdundee.org to book a place. Coffee/tea and biscuits will be available.

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