What does it do?
Age UK Bristol’s Advocacy Project, which provides information and advice regarding care home issues, celebrated its first birthday at the end of April 2010. The past year saw Marius Jennings, the project’s independent advocate, helping 110 clients with their issues. Client's concerns have included getting support to stay independent in their own homes, moving from one’s home into a care environment and issues arising for clients already living in care homes, sheltered housing or very sheltered care (VSH).
Feedback was received from 13% of clients, with the vast majority stating that having access to an advocate was a positive, useful experience.
Age UK Bristol are also particularly pleased that our advocate is one of the few to gain the Department of Health accredited Independent Advocacy Qualification.
The service has also linked with over 400 people from other charities, social services, advocacy services and related agencies to promote advocacy in care. They in turn have been able to pass on information regarding independent advocacy and our service to beneficiaries throughout the county. Building upon Age UK Bristol’s strong brand name, the Advocacy project is now often an initial point of referral for people needing independent advocacy regarding care.
The Advocacy Project has been successfully promoted through joint promotional work with The Bristol Old Vic’s on its production of Juliet and Her Romeo. This dynamic production resets the story of Romeo and Juliet in a contemporary care home setting; exploring the issues of care, abuse, financial woe and deprivation of liberty.
Isolated, house bound clients are been reached through proactive relations with Community Nurses for Older People who are often the only professionals in contact with this client group.