Advocacy for Older People

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  • We are a project for people over 55, living in the Borough of Greenwich that is completely confidential, free and independent of statutory services and local government.

    We recruit, train and support local people to become advocates, who will work on a one-to-one basis with an older person. Where older people have difficulties speaking up for their rights and entitlements – and there is no other independent person who can do that – we can help by providing a trained advocate. We offer long term citizen advocacy and short term crisis advocacy.

    An advocate is faithful and loyal to what you want.

    “If people can’t speak up for themselves, society ignores them. We’re about giving people a voice.”

    Drop-in sessions: Thursdays 10am- 12pm
    Room 7, Eltham Centre, 2 Archery Road, Eltham, SE9
    1HA

    Advocacy for Older People in Greenwich was set up as an independent charity in 1996 in response to concerns voiced by older people within the borough. Greenwich Social Services provided the initial funding and the steering group included the local pensioners’ forum and representatives of Greenwich’s diverse minority ethnic communities. Areas of concern that they wanted the organisation to concentrate on, included:

    • People being assessed for comprehensive care packages
    • People being discharged from hospital care
    • People using complaints procedures
    • People in residential and nursing homes or sheltered accommodation
    • Minority ethnic communities, particularly those who do not have English as a first language

    Since then, we have worked with over a thousand older people and over a hundred volunteers.

    Now we offer long term citizen and short term crisis advocacy to older people living in the community, in sheltered housing and in care homes and these projects are funded by the Big Lottery Fund and City Bridge Trust.

    Free training: Introduction to Advocacy for Older People

    This training session will provide a brief general introduction to the principles and practices of advocacy and an overview of the needs and benefits of advocacy for older people.

    Training dates

    Our next free information session will be on Fri 1/09/2017, 10am-1pm.

    For futher information or a booking form, contact us as indicated below.  Please note that a place is confirmed once the booking form is received.

    Click here for Booking Form (for email)

    Click here for Booking Form (for posting)

    Find out more about future training

    • Phone the office on: 020 8269 0298
    • Email: ilse@afop.org.uk
    • Venue: The Meeting Room, First Floor, Eltham Library, 2 Archery Road, London, SE9 1HA
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