Advocacy What is the point

Advocacy has been around as long as people. One person, who often has advantages, looks out for another, who often has few.  Seen like that, advocacy is not a service. It's organic and personal - a community affair. For many people, though, the word 'advocacy' means a professional, short-term intervention that aims to solve someone's crisis. That kind of advocacy can help people solve problems but we think there's a bigger picture: isolation is the real issue. If you have no-one in your life who cares about you, then you are vulnerable and more likely to lurch from crisis to crisis.
Instead of spending their time in a series of crisis interventions, perhaps professionals could create a different type of advocacy role - helping to build a more natural, long-lasting network of advocates around people. What would a different advocacy role look like? We want to have a conversation with as many people as possible about this question. So, together with WEbenable and Frameworks 4 Change, Grapevine has started a new website: Community Powered Advocacy. Go to and click on 'join the debate'.




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