Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre is a thriving small charity providing one to one casework advocacy and self-advocacy services to older people (aged 60+) in Sefton and surrounding areas . We provide help in a range of areas, from general advocacy to specialist services to support people with a variety of needs. We have a diverse funding base together with rising demand and recognition for our work.
Our purpose is to support older people in Sefton to get their voices heard in decisions affecting their lives. We provide free, independent and confidential advocacy services and promote self-advocacy through our Older People’s Forum
Our vision is to ensure that advocacy services are freely available to any and all older people who require them.
Sefton Pensioner’s Advocacy Centre (SPAC) was set up in 1995 by a group of local people who felt that older people needed help in getting their views heard.
Originally staffed entirely by volunteers, we registered as a Charity in 1996 We now have 10 salaried full and part time staff, along with 20 volunteers involved in advocacy.
We have specialists dealing with the following areas: Nursing Fees/Care Packages, Mental Health (Dementia) and General Advocacy. We have one staff member working with volunteers. We also have a who facilitates 3 x Sefton Older Persons Forums, which are groups of Older People originally meeting as a group advocacy project but now evolving into a consultative group for both voluntary and statutory agencies.
We are extremely pleased to be one of the partner agencies working with OPAAL on the “Advocacy on the Wards” Pilot and have a dedicated paid advocate working on the project.
As an organisation we regularly have one to one contact and offer support to over 1000 older people a year and we receive over 4800 telephone enquiries.
Project Lead – Andrew Booth BA LRSM
Andrew is currently employed as the Director of the Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre (SPAC) based in Southport, Merseyside. SPAC is an independent advocacy organisation, that currently works with individuals over the age of 60. He has been in post since 2003.
He also represents the voices of older people on a number of strategic decision making bodies in Sefton.
Andrew was the chair of OPAAL (Older Peoples’ Advocacy Alliance) between 2007 – 2010 and is currently a trustee of Action for Advocacy (A4A).