Advocacy in Wales starved of funding
Age Concern Cymru has voiced concern about a lack of advocacy services for older people in Wales.
A survey by the charity found that many organisations providing advocacy services were financially beleaguered, with about 15% of these services likely to end or operate on reduced funding during the next 12 months.
Age Concern Cymru said the survey found there was a lack of investment in advocacy services which was reflected in gaps in specialist training for advocates with 40% of respondents saying they need more training in dealing with elder abuse issues, particularly in identifying and reporting abuse.
More training surrounding financial abuse and on using the recent human rights legislation to support vulnerable older people was also highlighted in the report.
The report shows that one of the key challenges facing advocacy services is to agree a national definition of the term advocacy. The report found that only 13% of respondents were able to clearly quote a working definition of advocacy.