A successful national Assembly was held in Liverpool city centre on Tuesday 16th November. People participated both in person and via a Zoom link. Discussion was focussed on the impact of Covid 19 on informal advocacy during the lockdowns and the changing needs that were emerging since then. Further details of the event are to follow.
The National Coalition of (Citizen) Advocacy Schemes emerged from a conference held in Birmingham in September 2001. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary later in the year when the situation around Covid 19 is much clearer. Please watch this space for further details.
The Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) and the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes have been undertaking a modest piece of research to identify some of the most disempowering aspects of the Coronavirus restrictions since March 2020 for older people. Questions that the research will be exploring will include:
- How many people (informal advocates) found that the blanket recommendation that everyone over 70 should lock themselves away prevented them from playing any positive role in caring for others in their community?
- How were they able to work around this – non direct contact etc?
- What were/are the experiences of families and friends who were/are prevented from visiting their loved ones indefinitely? How negative an impact has their absence had on the mental and physical well-being of their loved ones?
- Was there any effort to provide care homes with the support and equipment that would make visiting safe?
- What efforts were made by care homes to involve families and friends as much as possible during the lockdown via telephone, video etc?
- In which ways has the role of care staff both in residential care and at home care changed during the crisis?
- What was the impact on people of knowing that their loved ones were enduring lonely deaths in hospital and care homes?
The researcher has been interviewing a range of people from across a geographical spread. These include some care home managers; relatives; pastoral workers; befrienders; hair and beauty workers, informal advocates and people living in care or supported living situations.
If you would like to be involved in the research, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coalition's 18th national Assembly was held via Zoom on 15th December. The main subject for discussion was the role that informal advocacy would play in the period following the Covid 19 crisis. The Coalition is currently working in partnership with the Older People's Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) on a piece of research around the experiences of older people during this past year.
The 18th national Assembly of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes has been delayed due to the ongoing Covid 19 crisis. However, we can now confirm that it will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 15th December. Further details can be found on our 'Events' page.