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Liz Lernihan, Kerry Parents and Friends, on setting an advocacy group in Kerry and their ups and downs over the last three years

Members of the Advocacy Group, who continue to speak out for themselves and others in Kerry Parents and Friends Association: Michelle O Leary; Josephine Ryan; Jimmy O Shea; Patrick Gallivan; Kathleen Healy and Denise Ridout (not in picture).
Members of the Advocacy Group, who continue to speak out for themselves and others in Kerry Parents and Friends Association: Michelle O Leary; Josephine Ryan; Jimmy O Shea; Patrick Gallivan; Kathleen Healy and Denise Ridout (not in picture).

In 2009 we set up an advocacy group in The Old Monastery Day Service, Killarney. We spent some time working on personal and interpersonal development which helped our self-awareness and also improved our abilities to be part of a group. Using role play, we developed good communication skills...

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Kathy O’Grady, Muiríosa Foundation, Mullingar, considers the potential quandaries of Advocacy through some real life examples

Advocacy is an alluring concept. Everything thinks it is great—like apple pie and motherhood. But advocacy, while intellectually seductive, is nothing if it is not complex. An advocate is defined by Webster’s dictionary as ‘one who pleads the cause of another; one who defends, vindicates, or espouses to the cause by argument; a pleader in favour of someone; an upholder; a defender who supports and vindicates.’...

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Mairide Woods, formerly of the Citizens Advice Bureau, explains the origins and role of the National Advocacy Service

The National Advocacy Service for people with disabilities (NAS) is funded and supported by the Citizens Information Board and results from the National Disability Strategy, which also produced the Disability Act. The purpose is to give the person with a disability a spokesperson/interpreter/ assistant, particularly at formal decision-making forums where they might be at a disadvantage. It does not yet have statutory powers...

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Mairead Sheedy of the Muiríosa Foundation writes about putting in place Advocacy training and explains how the committee 'Advocate 4 One' come together to support each other.

Mary Stone and Catriona Carroll, Tanyard, Claire Walsh and Mary Tynan Dove House, Joe Kerr Rowanberry, Madeline Hyland and Josie Lynam Oak House.
Mary Stone and Catriona Carroll, Tanyard, Claire Walsh and Mary Tynan Dove House, Joe Kerr Rowanberry, Madeline Hyland and Josie Lynam Oak House.

The Muiríosa Foundation recognised the need for advocacy training for service users in the Laois/Offaly region and contact was made with a local Vocational Education Centre (VEC) to discuss the training required. Following a number of discussions, a training package was designed and a tutor from the local VEC agreed to act as facilitator. Over the six-month training period, representative service users attended the course from Dove House (Abbeyleix), Rowanberry (Portlaoise), Oak House (Portarlington), and The Tanyard Resource Centre (Tullamore)...

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by Ray Alwright, Orla Daly, Mark Egan Self Advocates, SJOG Carmona Services, Dún Laoghaire

My name is Ray and I am the VOICES representative for Choices. My name is Orla and I used to be a VOICES Rep,...

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by Frieda Kavanagh, Sean Noonan, Kellie Cousins, Emer Torpey, Philip Kelly and Fiona Quinn. Trainees of SJOG Carmona Services, TRC Patrick Street.

On Wednesday 21 July 2010, Voices had an Advocacy Clinic in Mounttown Resource Centre. 83 people came from SJOG Carmona Services, SJOG Kildare Services,...

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by Cabríní de Barra

Musings of an Advocate... My first contact with and knowledge of advocacy was over twenty years ago. I was a manager within learning disability services...