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Care & Housing Advocacy Paralegal

Organisation: Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
36.25 hours per week
Location: London
Deadline: 28 June, 2019

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity, and facilitates the provision of help and support for ex-RAF personnel and their eligible dependants who are in need of assistance. Part of that help is providing support through advocacy. This covers two areas. First by ensuring our beneficiaries receive all statutory care services through the Local Authority and NHS. Advice is given on all aspects of community care law and representation provided. Second by providing assistance to beneficiaries who have housing issues. This includes homelessness, eviction, disrepair and allocations.

We provide advocacy in the areas of housing and community care through negotiating with statutory bodies, drafting written submissions and attending hearings and tribunals, as necessary.

We are seeking a compassionate and highly organised individual with proven experience of advocacy work and strong administration skills to join us in delivering help to the RAF community. Working under the supervision of our Care & Housing Advocacy Executive (CHAE) and alongside a team of welfare executives, you will have responsibility for identifying the need for representation among those seeking assistance and provide administrative assistance to the CHAE.

The successful candidate will need to have current experience of providing specialist written and oral advocacy support to individuals, and assisting them with appeals processes. An articulate communicator with IT skills suited to working in a paperless environment, you must be able to demonstrate an ability to relate to people of all ages, especially vulnerable beneficiaries, in a manner which is conducive to relieving stresses and concerns through giving sound and impartial information, guidance and representation.

A detailed job profile is available on the Fund’s website, For an informal discussion about the role please contact: Leon Hart, Head of Respite & Care, on 020 7307 3360.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019 at 12:00. To apply, please send your CV together with a covering letter detailing why you believe you are suitable for this role and providing examples of how you meet the person specification to Pete Thompson, HR Manager, RAF Benevolent Fund, 67 Portland Place, London W1B 1AR or email

Interviews will take place on Friday 12th July 2019.

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity (No. 1081009) which encourages applications from all sections of the community.

Please note that only candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Main summary of the role:

To provide administrative support to the Advocacy Executive and assist in providing the Fund’s advocacy service to beneficiaries and their families which ensures that they can access the appropriate level of housing and community care. This is primarily an office-based job but can also involve providing representation at appeal hearings. To secure statutory rights and funding, whether or not there is a defined need for financial assistance from the Fund, and to work with other Welfare Executives in processing applications associated with the provision of care and disability equipment and adaptations where the absence of statutory funding is creating distress.

Key responsibilties:

The position of Care & Housing Advocacy Assistant has wide professional and administrative responsibilities. Key tasks include the following:

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Address: 67 Portland Place


Tel: 0207 307 3431