Parent Advocates Together


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About independent parent advocacy and PAT parent advocate activities.

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Parent Advocates Together

  1. 1. Parent Advocates Together (PAT) <ul><li>“ Our Own Choices…. Our Own Voices!” </li></ul><ul><li>Independent peer </li></ul><ul><li>and self advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>support for parents, </li></ul><ul><li>families and carers with </li></ul><ul><li>disabled dependents </li></ul>
  2. 2. PAT Parent Advocates <ul><li>Are respected and listened to </li></ul><ul><li>Are involved in decisions that affect our lives </li></ul><ul><li>Have aspirations for our future </li></ul>
  3. 3. PAT Advocacy Features <ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Signposting </li></ul><ul><li>Links to other services </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing information and knowledge to support decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that people’s rights are respected. </li></ul>
  4. 4. About PAT Advocacy <ul><li>Advocacy is about helping a person to be heard. Most people can act as advocates and use advocacy daily, for example parents listen to the needs and wishes of their children; managers respond to the views of their staff; friends stand by each other and offer support. This is often referred to as “informal” advocacy and is a part of everyday life. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes more formal methods of advocacy are required and this is often referred to as Independent advocacy. Advocacy is a tool that can be used in a variety of ways to ensure that minority and disadvantaged groups in society have a means to know about, and gain, the same life opportunities as others. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy aims to achieve a more equal and just society. There are many people in our society who are ignored because they have difficulty in gaining the attention that is needed to make sure their views and opinions are listened to and acted upon. This leads to them being marginalized and often socially excluded. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy offers support for people who are seeking resolutions to any issues that are of concern to them, by ensuring that their voice is heard and that they understand their civil and human rights. Advocacy is closely linked to the principles of Human Rights, disability discrimination, equality of opportunities and the social model of disability. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Local PAT Activities <ul><li>Individual advocacy engagements </li></ul><ul><li>Training in peer and self-advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Representing parent interests at meetings with local authorities </li></ul><ul><li>Representing parent interests at meetings with NHS primary care trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Representing parent interests in appeals, tribunals and legal proceedings </li></ul>
  6. 6. Regional PAT Activities <ul><li>Consulting with parent service user networks and compiling research evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with other voluntary sector organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Scrutiny, audit and accountability assessments against Local Area Agreement targets </li></ul><ul><li>Representing parent interests at meetings with the Government Office for North West </li></ul>
  7. 7. National PAT Activities <ul><li>Monitoring performance against National Indicators </li></ul><ul><li>Representing parent interests at meetings with ministers and members of parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Campaigning and lobbying for systematic, structural and strategic change </li></ul><ul><li>Contributing to national consultation and research evidence programmes </li></ul>
  8. 8. European PAT Activities <ul><li>Monitoring performance against the EU Convention on Human Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Liaising with European parent advocacy organisations on a common campaign platform </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying EU commissioners and MEPs for systematic, structural and strategic change </li></ul>
  9. 9. PAT Parents Support KIVA International Solidarity Microfinance <ul><li>We asked our family and friends to send Kiva gift certificates instead of cards and presents at Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>We have created a Kiva page on the Parent Advocates Together website and PAT parents now sponsor a number of Kiva microfinance loans in developing countries. </li></ul>
  10. 10. More PAT Information <ul><li>You can contact Parent Advocates Together </li></ul><ul><li>at:- </li></ul><ul><li>Larry Gardiner - Secretary </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Advocates Together  </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>4 Lime Grove </li></ul><ul><li>Seaforth </li></ul><ul><li>Crosby </li></ul><ul><li>Merseyside </li></ul><ul><li>L21 3TT </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: 0151 928 3507 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Useful Links <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>