It feels as though advocacy has become too reactive – we are almost always in the arena of professionally defined problems where often no one has any power. We react to referrals, we inform, we listen, we clarify, we represent and we leave.
One of the things we can learn and regain from the origins of advocacy is the value of one person from a shared local community standing alongside another. Without someone in our lives who is willing to be alongside us we remain isolated and without power.
Roger talks about the lifelong advocacy and friendship of Nick and Margaret. They, in turn, talk about what Roger’s friendship has meant to their family.