Key points about Advocacy
Advocates do not have a magic wand.
We cannot have all the answers or make sure people get exactly what they want.
We can make sure people’s voices are heard and that people have information about decisions that are made about them.
When people we support are unhappy with decisions made about them it can be frustrating for advocates too!
It is important that advocates have regular support to better handle these frustrations.
We all have our own personal values and beliefs in life. Advocates are no different.
It is important that advocates always keep these separate from the advocacy work
advocacy is person centred
advocacy can take time
advocates don’t give advice
advocacy is about actions
information is power
preparation is essential
communication is key
advocates need support too!