Why Volunteer To Become An Advocate

As someone who recruits, trains and supports volunteer advocates I sometimes wonder why the person I am recruiting is interested in becoming an advocate so obviously it is a question that i will ask.

A young prospective advocate recently told me that Advocacy is about distributing information and confidence and that she wanted to do it.

I think that is as good an answer as I have ever got and i found it particularly encouraging that this came from such a young candidate. It gives hope for the future.

I have personally defined advocacy as giving information so that people can make their own choices. I share this in training I do with Brent Advocacy Concerns. I believe that in making a choice consequences will follow but the confidence that follows from making the decision is an essential step in enabling empowerment. Which is why the candidates follow to information with confidence felt so important to me.

It also leads to me showing my support for the advocacy charter which touches on empowerment and other important advocacy principles


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