Informal Advocacy

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.


  1. 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.
  2. Other relationships have evolved through friendship, family and neighbourly connections to include a measure of advocacy.
  3. Some informal advocacy could include dealing with an issue, but at a pace that is determined by individual need rather than a service model.
  4. 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.