The Advocacy People
The Advocacy People believe in a society where people feel in control of their lives and are confident to speak up and people who can’t speak up for themselves have someone in their corner to speak for them. It is our mission to: • Help anybody that needs independent support to speak up • Deliver quality and innovation in advocacy through our practice • Improve people’s lives individually and collectively through putting their case to policymakers Our Values • People are at the heart of what we do. Anyone can feel powerless and unable to speak up when faced with a difficult situation. Anyone should have access to an advocate. • People matter. In an equal society, decisions about people’s lives must be made fairly, involving the person as far as possible. • People make the difference. If our staff are happy at work, they will be effective at work. • People should be heard at every level of policy and decision-making. We work hard to make this happen. As the law has changed to include other rights to advocacy, we have changed too. We are experienced and skilled in all the advocacy services that must be provided by law.
- 27 April 2021
- Local Alliances:
- Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance
1. Action Plan
1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?
The Advocacy people are committed to making a difference, all members of staff have completed the dementia awareness session (August 2020) with Claire Puckey (Dementia Friendly City Coordinator, Plymouth City Council).
Members of staff, will share their knowledge with other members of staff within The Advocacy People and shall, when opportunities arise, consider the needs of people with dementia and their carers in the work they are involved in.
We will be networking with other agencies in and around the city, advising of our services, and letting others know that we are “Dementia Aware”. We will also be attending the PDAA meetings whenever possible.
We will highlight our achievements and events within our organisation and externally through our social media pages, with a brief description, therefore making other members of The Advocacy People staff aware throughout the UK.
2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?
We have a small team; however we remain committed to developing knowledge and understanding about dementia in our work.
We have a wide organisational network so ensuring we remain dementia aware and share this knowledge is important.
Our contracts and the services we deliver does change so we need to keep up to date with this in our area.
Attending dementia awareness session. Update and refresh.
This has happened; however, this was remotely due to Covid- 19. When allowed, having further training would support the team to build their knowledge around issues related to dementia. Keep learning and developing as the knowledge does.
Developing an advocacy drop-in service for people with dementia and their carers.
As an organisation we are planning to develop a drop-in session at the local dementia day service which would enable people with dementia and their carers to understand what advocacy is and how it may support them for example in Care and support processes, or health complaints.
Continue to attend the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance (PDAA) meetings.
For The Advocacy People to maintain representation at the PDAA meetings locally and form part of a broader network of support for people with dementia and their carers in the city.