A small, local, independent organisation, supporting local people, who are at risk of social exclusion and not having their voices heard.
Volunteers (citizen advocates) at Stockport Advocacy develop long term relationships with people (advocacy partners) who may be at risk of having their choices, wishes and decisions ignored, and who need help in making them known and making sure they are responded to. One of Stockport Advocacy’s volunteers explains why they started volunteering, how they were matched, and the support they received.
A helping hand
I like to feel I am making a difference. Seeing Anne helps me keep a perspective on what are the important things in life.
“Three years ago, on retiring, and enjoying good health, sufficient pension and wanting to ‘put something back’, I came across Stockport Advocacy Trust. I met with the Stockport Advocacy team.
I was then matched with Anne, a quiet woman who likes swimming, drawing, charity shops and getting out of the house. As Anne is on the autistic spectrum, introductions would take time. And they did. I knew I had much to learn.
Stockport Advocacy directed me to relevant training and support groups as well as providing guidance. All these were much needed last year when Anne became ill. Also, the house where she had been happy for many years was no longer able to meet her needs. The Advocacy were on the other end of the phone, and I was able to pop in for that welcome cup of tea, reassuring words, and sensible advice. They helped me advocate for Anne, play my part in helping her back to health and finding a new place to call home.
What’s in it for me? I like to feel I am making a difference. Seeing Anne helps me keep a perspective on what are the important things in life.”