There are now more than 200 advocacy projects in the UK,
working with many different types of people who benefit from this
kind of representation. Some projects continue to be aimed at specific
groups, for example: people with learning difficulties or those
with mental health problems. Others are directly involved with representing
the views of those using hospital patient services or older people.
However, Sandwell Advocacy is a generic scheme, which means we will
strive to provide advocates for anyone who needs representation.
This is a challenge for our Citizen Advocate volunteers because
there are a whole host of issues with which they can be dealing
with at any one time.
Sandwell Advocacy has existed in some guise since the mid-80’s,
and was the first generic advocacy scheme in the country. The project
was officially launched in 1993 when funding was secured from Tipton
City Challenge and Sandwell Joint Finance. Sandwell Advocacy has
undergone many changes since then. As we have developed, services
and posts have changed over time as we have continued to adapt and
meet the needs of those seeking advocacy.