We are currently working in partnership with Age Cymru and Diverse Cymru to deliver this three year national programme (April 2016 – March 2019). The programme has been funded by Welsh Government through the Third Sector Sustainable Social Services Grant Programme to support commissioners and providers in the delivery of independent professional advocacy in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.
The programme's key aims are:
To support the commissioning of independent professional advocacy through a sustainable, strategic approach
To improve the availability of advocacy services to adults across Wales
To improve the well-being of individuals through advocacy and to give them a stronger voice
Why is the project necessary?
Commissioners and senior social services managers have a role in growing and developing advocacy. Concerns have been expressed that third sector advocacy services are not yet strong enough and that there isn’t as much service innovation and capacity as there might need to be given advocacy’s place in the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.
The Golden Thread Advocacy Programme will:
Support strategic health and social care management/commissioning teams and front line professionals in understanding their responsibilities regarding advocacy under the Act
Support the development of sustainable models for advocacy service delivery.
Work with new and existing service providers to ensure they are tender ready for statutory advocacy commissioning processes.
Create a framework for collaboration between statutory bodies and service providers in using resources more efficiently to support well-being outcomes.
Work with representative groups of potential service users and carers to raise awareness of advocacy in all its forms, in exercising control over their well-being outcomes
Promote positive approaches to well-being and support improvements to safeguarding by giving people with protected characteristics a stronger voice.
What will I get from the programme?
At the end of the programme all stakeholders will:
Have a greater understanding and knowledge of the value of advocacy
Be equipped with the communication tools to champion the need for the development of advocacy services and to identify where advocacy may be best prioritised
Be able to apply best practice in advocacy as an integral part of commissioning intentions
How do I get involved?
The project is being led by a partnership comprising of Age Connects Wales, Age Cymru and Diverse Cymru. We intend to collaborate to co-produce our detailed work plans with local authorities, health boards, local and national providers of advocacy services and individuals who access or could access advocacy services.