What is Advocacy?

By Dawn Sanders

Recently, it has been brought to my attention that a lot of people don’t know what advocacy is – I suspected this, but with a little nudge, thought I should make it all clear.

Advocacy just means someone else ‘advocating’ on someone’s behalf.  An advocate will provide help, support, guidance and reinforcement on someone’s behalf if, say, someone has trouble articulating themselves or is struggling “to be heard”.

A good advocate (in my opinion), would encourage and empower someone to have the confidence to take charge of their own affairs and know what they’re entitled to, but be available for whatever support is needed.

Hope that answers any questions.

Any further queries or comments though, just fire away here…

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