The advocacy programme is presently involved in three advocacy projects:-
The Dementia advocacy began in 1998 and continues to be managed by the Beth Johnson Foundation. Since 1998 the project has advocated for around a thousand people who have dementia, with various types of issues. The dementia advocacy project during this time and currently ensures the person with dementia has a voice and is ‘heard’.
The second project in the advocacy programme is ‘Advocacy for carers’, a three year funded Comic Relief project. This project started in March 2011 and involves volunteer advocates, using their experiences of carer’s issues advocating for carers.
'Advocacy on the Wards' is the third project and this will focus on cancer sufferers who have little support from family and friends, or those who may struggle with language or sight and hearing issues. Funded by the Big Lottery Silver Dreams Fund, we are also working with Macmillan Cancer Support to recruit staff.
Positive Ageing Programme
The Positive Ageing Programme was launched in January 2010 bringing together our mid-life and later life work to promote a life course approach to positive ageing.
Our main aims are to:
- Improve health and well-being
- Promote independence
- Reduce loneliness and isolation and the negative impacts on health and well-being
- Increase participation in activities that improve quality of life
- One of the main focuses of our work has been around encouraging and finding ways to motivate older people to take more control over their lives and to access more opportunities to achieve an improved quality of life.
- Our local project work has included looking at opportunities for older people to be involved in economic activity: volunteering; lifelong learning and a community based healthy lifestyle project to promote health and well-being.
As well as a substantial amount of development work, our current project activity includes an Age Readiness project, Health Improvement project, How's Your Business Feeling and a research project to design and promote our life course approach to positive ageing.