The Advocacy Project’s Older People Advocacy Manager, Sam Palmer Canyellas, says the charity focuses on providing support where it’s needed so it can make a real difference to people’s lives.
What do you like about The Advocacy Project?
“At The Advocacy Project I have specialised in non-instructed advocacy – where people are not deemed to have mental capacity – and I have acted as a Paid Relevant Person’s Representative.
I wanted to work for an organisation which makes a difference and provides support where it’s needed, rather than focusing on resources and meeting targets. This is what The Advocacy Project does best.
Limited funding means most organisations only offer statutory advocacy, which has a strict criteria. These services don’t give people what they want or need, so many fall through the net. At The Advocacy Project, we’re fortunate to have the funds to provide non statutory advocacy. It’s a more holistic approach.
Having worked for Advocacy Plus [which merged to create The Advocacy Project in 2012] earlier in my career, I was keen to work for The Advocacy Project. I enjoyed my time at Advocacy Plus. I also like how the charity places emphasis on quality, offering a high standard of training for advocates.”
What are you passionate about?
“I’ve worked with different groups of vulnerable people during my career, but I’m particularly passionate about ensuring older people are treated with respect and dignity. They’ve lived a long life and they deserve to be treated well at the end of it.”
How does your work help people and contribute to a better world?
“Our advocacy work helps to empower service users. When someone in need of treatment accesses the health service they need, their whole life is turned around. They feel like they have control of their situations. By being listened to and treated with respect and dignity, they feel happier. And as a result, their wellbeing and mental health improves.”