Advocacy First

Support vulnerable people

We are a successful small charity in Bromley. We need funds to help us expand into adjacent areas, none of which has a proper hospital Advocacy service. We need specific help to: Create business plans Train Advocates and Volunteers . This has to be done ahead of winning new contracts

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1071906)

Campaign target

£10,000

Amount raised

£5

Time left

34 days

Donations

1

  • Your help has been a blessing. I feel like I have my family when I see you

    — Client

  • I appreciate your empathetic human approach. Very refreshing

    — Friends of client

  • I have been so impressed with your response. All my calls and emails are answered the same day- you don’t get that with community- based Advocacy providers who have more people and bigger budgets than you.

    — Senior Hospital manager

  • You guys can sit with the patient and you always find out so much more information than we do. Maybe it’s because you’re independent from the hospital and so they trust you more

    — Hospital care manager

Situation

Older, often vulnerable people, many without family, are often unable to leave hospital and return to their own home. Some need help with administrative issues and housing, all need their voice to be heard. Our advocates have, for 20+ years, represented the views of these patients in decisions taken about them, and helped them get, and stay, home. The charity is highly regarded by our NHS funders. We are aware of similar needs that are currently unmet in Bexley and at Kings College Hospital .

Solution

This money will enable us to create a business plan, prepare presentations to potential funders , to recruit and train extra Advocates and volunteers. Winning these contracts will enable a further 400-500 people to have Personalised professional help in resolving their issues, enabling them to go back home with greater peace of mind. A consequence of what would be achieved is freeing up of hospital beds for other patients. Each client has up to 10 issues that we are able to resolve.