AdvantAGE Project - ‘Informed Choices’

Our Advocacy project, “Informed Choices”, gives a voice to the many people in Powys who are disabled or who care for someone.

Powys Carers Service working together with Disability Powys provide advocacy services for individuals over the age of 50 who are disabled individuals, carers or those they care for throughout Powys. This combined effort brings support from the same source to both sides of the caring equation, so that neither side is forgotten.

The style of advocacy is dependent upon each individual circumstance and preference, this may be supporting the advocate to self advocate through to non instructed advocacy where the client has very limited communication skills.

The advocates are outreach workers operating throughout the county to ensure a wide geographical coverage.   The Advocacy is delivered in homes or a venue appropriate to the client.

As well as helping to plan for their future, the Advocates are available to help in crisis situations. Each advocate will recruit a small group of volunteers who will be able to undertake additional advocacy work to support the paid worker.  These may be ex carers or users of the organisations' services.

The project targets people aged 50+ who have a disability or who are carers and care for a family member or friend.

Advocate, Sheelagh Hughes, discussing the advocacy service at the Presteigne and Norton Community Support weekly community meeting