A brief definition
By informal advocacy is meant an activity that is built on a community-based relationship and that is defined by the two people involved.
The expression was introduced to distinguish this type of advocacy from both statutory and other types of short-term intervention advocacy.
- In citizen advocacy that relationship would have been matched and developed by a Co-ordinator as a result of the partner being particularly isolated and at risk of discrimination and/or abuse.
- Other relationships have evolved through friendship, family and neighbourly connections to include a measure of advocacy.
- Some informal advocacy could include dealing with an issue, but at a pace that is determined by individual need rather than a service model.
- Activities such as peer support, self-advocacy and group advocacy might be considered as informal advocacy
¹ Community could be either a locality or a community of shared interest, culture etc.