Liverpool Citizen Advocacy and the Coalition held a joint one-day event in Liverpool on Wednesday 8th May. This was one of a number of events marking the centenary of the birth of Agnes Woodford, and it explored the capacity of people to care for and look out for each other.

The day included contributions from people working in different parts of the country in supporting people to have a voice. It looked 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.

The Coalition is currently exploring ways of taking this work forward.

Coalition national Assembly 2018

The sixteenth national Assembly of the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes (NCAS) was held in Liverpool on 11th October 2018. It was agreed that the Coalition would continue to concentrate its efforts on identifying and bringing together the various community-based groups around the country that are undertaking informal advocacy. It is recognised that the vast majority of these are outside what is described as the advocacy sector. The Coalition will be working with Liverpool Citizen Advocacy in organising a major event on the importance of a community-based approach to protecting and promoting human rights. This is scheduled for 8th May 2019. Further details will be published on here early in 2019. You will also find more information at

28th November 2018



The following publications are available in electronic versions:
'Informal Volunteer Citizen Advocacy in England' (2007);
'Citizens and Advocacy' (2009);
'Community based approaches to advocacy' (2015);
'Looking out for each other' (2016).
To obtain copies, please email:

On 6th September, Louise Hardwick of the  Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Liverpool published the findings of her assessment of the scale and need for citizen (informal) advocacy in local communities. 'Looking out for Each Other' was launched at an event at the University's London campus. The research was undertaken in partnership with the National Coalition of Advocacy Schemes, and copies of the report can be obtained by emailing us at