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NDTi launches new survey to find out more about access to advocacy services.

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The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has launched a survey to find out about more about advocacy provision in the UK.

Research has highlighted that the absence of advocacy support is a key barrier to enabling disabled people to fulfil their potential. This survey is the first stage of a research project commissioned by the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) which is looking at what needs to be done so that disabled people can have access to joined-up advocacy services to enable work, education, independence and participation in wider society.

OPAAL is part of a stakeholder reference group working closely with the NDTi on this research and is keen to ensure as many services as possible support this work. We will be meeting with other stakeholders in January to progress this work.

OPAAL members work with the elderly many of whom increasingly have to cope with multiple disabilities, as such we are well placed to respond to this survey. I know it’s a busy time of year for us all however the survey should take no longer than 15 minutes and will provide much needed evidence of the current state of play regarding advocacy services, please support this if you can.

Providers of advocacy can help us with this research by completing this survey about the types of advocacy provided, gaps in provision and examples of good practice. To access the survey please click on the link below.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MMR76C9

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Author: kathparson

Chief Executive of Older People's Advocacy Alliance (UK)

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