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Advocacy

What is Advocacy

Advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place, or thing. An example of an advocacy is a non-profit organization that works to help women of domestic abuse who feel too afraid to speak for themselves. 

Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:

Express their views and concerns.

Access information and services.

Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.

We practice the principles of the Advocacy Charter  which gives you a better understanding of our commitment. With clearly stated aims and objectives we are able to demonstrate how we meet the principles in this Charter:

  • Clarity of purpose

  • Independence

  • Confidentiality

  • Person Centered Approach

  • Empowerment

  • Equal opportunity

  • Accountability

  • Accessibility

 

The role of an advocate is to offer independent support to those who feel they are not being heard and to ensure they are taken seriously and that their rights are respected. It is also to assist people to access and understand appropriate information and services.

 

A patient advocate must be equipped with a variety of skills to provide resources and comfort to patients.

  • Helpfulness. The desire to help patients and their families is the most important asset in being a successful advocate. ...

  • Communication. ...

  • Organization. ...

  • Problem-Solving. ...

  • Patience

 

The dictionary definition of advocacy is the act of speaking on the behalf of or in support of another person, place, or thing.

An example of an advocacy is a non-profit organization that works to help women of domestic abuse who feel too afraid to speak for themselves.

 

The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.

Noun

(plural advocacies)

  1. the profession of an advocate

  2. the act of arguing in favour of, or supporting something

  3. the practice of supporting someone to make their voice heard