Monday 2 September 2013
Join our new exciting advocacy network
The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign is thrilled to announce a brand new Advocacy Ambassadors programme to enable the charity to support more people and families living with rare muscle-wasting conditions across England.
The project, made possible by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities programme, will see the appointment of Advocacy Ambassadors who will form the foundations of a new peer-to-peer network across England. The network will initially be made up of a core group of people who have, are related to or connected to someone with a neuromuscular condition.
Advocacy Ambassadors will already have knowledge of navigating social and health services. To complement these personal experiences, all Advocacy Ambassadors will be provided with specialist peer advocacy training so they can advise peers in their area who need support. This will enable them to assist others trying to secure support essential to health, independence and quality of life.
The new project will include:
- tailor-made training for Advocacy Ambassadors through day courses and online distance learning
- expert training for Advocacy Ambassadors from a leading legal practice firm Hogan Lovells LLP, the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign's pro bono legal partner since July 2011. The training will equip peer advocates with specialist legal knowledge to provide reliable and effective advice and support to peers
- capacity building events through local Muscle Groups to provide opportunities for Advocacy Ambassadors to share first-hand experience, advice and support training (such as information relating to changes in the benefit system)
- an opportunity for Advocacy Ambassadors to build relationships with their peers and create links with their regional neuromuscular care advisors and other local health and social professionals.
Find out more about this role and how to become a Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Advocacy Ambassador.
Our in-house advocacy service is funded by the generous support of the Henry Smith Charity. If you are struggling to get the care and support you are entitled to, please contact us on 020 7803 4800 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.