Advocacy is not new – it is as old as the human condition – one person (who often has advantages) looking out for another who often does not. This is happening right now all around us – it is most often organic, disorganised and personal.
But we also have the professional advocacy sector with many small and a few large and growing organisations aiming to enable people to speak up and be represented about things which are important to them.
Government’s engagement with advocacy both as funder and creator of statutory advocacy roles has affected the way the sector has developed.
Alison Fleck, Manager of Connect Advocacy in Gosport, talks to Clare about the pressures and challenges, impacts and losses experienced by advocacy schemes now.