How can we make advocate
associate relationships more meaningful, both to advocates and to the
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in the section on
discussions and policies.
The question above was circulated
to board contacts in the Citizen Advocacy Network in July
Response from Capricorn
We discussed this at our 4 August
monthly meeting and came up with the following:
- Start with a proper
orientation to the role.
- Invite AAs to all social
events and training sessions.
- Hold an annual "thank-you" for
- Ask AAs to be guest speakers
at general meetings, e.g. AGMs.
- Canvass membership and
advocates at AGMs to see what issues they are looking for
information sessions on - and where relevant approach
- Co-ordinator be vigilant
during follow up to ensure advocates are aware of availability of
AAs, and co-ordinator be "tuned" to the prospect of putting them
- Ask AAs to do an article for
- Provide advocates with
information on what areas of practice that our current AAs operate
in, rather than names and contact details as these could easily
change as people leave the area, etc.
Response from Illawarra
We discussed this at our 12 August
board meeting. We believe that few of our AAs are used very much by
our advocates. This low usage results in AAs having a low connection
with the programme. For example, we have periodically tried to
organise social gatherings of AAs only to cancel them due to low
To strengthen the AA connection to
advocates and the programme, we suggest:
- Coordinators can think in
terms of AAs more in follow-along, recommending particular AAs to
advocates as appropriate.
- The programme's list of AAs
should be circulated to advocates and board members more
- The programme should be in
touch with AAs at least annually (aside from newsletters and
invitations to advocate workshops).
- Workshops for advocates can be
organised with one or more AAs giving presentations and/or
- When people become AAs, they
are given an orientation. Because this happened years ago in many
cases, an update orientation may be needed.
- Once AAs are contacted more by
advocates, resulting in AAs feeling a stronger connection with the
programme, then we can realistically have meetings of