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Author: DHSSPS
Published on 28 March 2012 02:30 PM

Health Minister Edwin Poots today spoke at the launch of the Advocacy Toolkit, a toolkit designed to promote advocacy for older people in care homes called “Someone to stand up for me”.

Minister Poots said: “Any initiative, such as the Advocacy Toolkit, that raises our awareness and understanding of advocacy and its role in health and social care should be supported and welcomed.

“Giving people who, for whatever reason, are vulnerable a voice can make a difference on so many different levels. For the person being supported, it can be empowering and life-changing.”

The launch of the Advocacy Toolkit comes at the same time as the Department is also finalising and preparing to publish its policy guide on developing advocacy services informed by the outcomes of a public consultation last year and pre-consultation engagement with many stakeholders.

In closing Minister Poots said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the development of this toolkit. It is an excellent piece of work and provides an invaluable resource to help residents, family members and staff working in care homes to understand and enhance the roll of advocacy.”

A copy of the Advocacy Toolkit is available on the Patient & Client Council’s website: www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575