This one-day event is one of a number taking place in Liverpool to mark the centenary of the birth of Agnes Woodford. Agnes always ‘looked out’ for people who found themselves in more vulnerable and isolated circumstances. She was an advocate before the title was invented and volunteered throughout her life without ever being recruited by an organisation to do so. We know that there are many people who act in a similar way, making a big difference to individuals and to the communities in which they live. This event will both celebrate those contributions and explore ways in which we can encourage and support more of them.
The day will include contributions from people working in different parts of the country in supporting people to have a voice. It will look at peer support and how this can be supported, as well as looking at some of the barriers that prevent people from acting to ensure that rights and dignity are respected
Speaking up for others
Many of us find ourselves in situations where we need to support people in expressing themselves or speaking out. This half-day event will explore how we can do this more effectively and some of the barriers that we might face. It will be of interest to anyone that is concerned about equality and building more inclusive communities. Those involved in any role within health, social, community and pastoral work will find this session to be of particular relevance to their work.
Thursday 3rd September - 1.30pm to 4.30pm
The session will include:
- How advocacy or supporting people in speaking up relates to our daily lives and work
- Understanding how conflicts of interest arise and the importance of independent advocacy in avoiding them
- An introduction to the concept of informal advocacy and the various other advocacy roles
- Working holistically to promote and protect human rights
- The history of, and background to, advocacy in Liverpool
The event will be held in St. Bede’s Centre and will be led by Joe Monaghan of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes
LCA is totally dependent on voluntary action and donations for its work. Although places are free to individuals, organisations are asked to make a donation of £10 per place, if they can, to help cover costs.