Vacancies for Volunteer Third Sector Advocates


Mark Burns-Williamson the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire is looking for third sector advocates for his Partnership Executive Group (PEG); and his Domestic Abuse Board (DAB). These are exciting opportunities to help shape the direction of the PCC’s strategy to promote safer communities, and to gain experience of working at a strategic level across West Yorkshire, at a time a great challenges, opportunities and changes.

For an informal conversation about these roles contact either Kelly Laycock, Partnership Manager or David Smith, Third Sector Adviser. Kelly:, tel 01924 294022. David: mobile 07595 006087.

Background Information

PEG: The PEG was established shortly after Mark was elected as PCC in November 2012 and has been meeting quarterly since then. It includes the senior leaders of the criminal justice system in West Yorkshire, and other public services such as the Councils and NHS.

DAB: At the Community Safety Partnership Forum (CSPF) members agreed need to develop a West Yorkshire Domestic Abuse Board with the aim of taking forward the recommendations from a review of services, and also as a catalyst for linking different developments at the West Yorkshire level. The first meeting took place in September 2015.

Details of the membership and terms of reference for both these bodies are available either on the PCC’s website or on request.

The Advocacy Roles

The positions of advocates are essentially unpaid and voluntary in nature, but reasonable out of pocket expenses e.g. travel within West Yorkshire can be met. The term of office will initially be 12 months but can be renewed.

The Advocates will be expected to:

  • Maintain good communications with the PCC’s Third Sector Advisory Group and provide reports when requested
  • Attend and contribute to the meetings of the PEG or the DAB
  • Represent the board at other meetings as appropriate and time permitting
  • Generally be willing to contribute to the work of the board

The person specification for these roles is:

  • Experience of or able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the third sector
  • Experience of representing the wider sector (not just own organisation) at a senior strategic partnership level, including managing conflicts of interest
  • Experience of championing seldom heard communities
  • Understanding and or experience of working in the area of domestic abuse (DAB only)
  • Experience of commissioning and/or management of grants programmes
  • Understanding of the criminal justice system in West Yorkshire especially the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Experience of putting forward a point of view orally and in writing using evidence to back it up

How to submit an expression of interest

If you are interested in undertaking these role, please return an expression of interest form provided setting out how you meet the identified criteria. Expressions of interest should be no more than 2 sides of A4, 12 point. If you need any additional support or assistance in completing the form please contact us. Expressions of interest not submitted on this form will not be accepted. They should be sent by e-mail to David Smith The closing date is Friday 23 October 2015.

If you would like an informal conversation about these roles, please contact David Smith, the PCC’s Third Sector Adviser, on 07795070030.

Further information about the PCC, the Police and Crime Plan, and the work of the Office of the PCC is available at:

Further information about the PCCs Third Sector Advisory Group is available on the PCC’s website

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