Older People’s Advocacy Alliance – Advocating Change for Older People

OPAAL ..is the only national UK membership based organisation supporting, promoting and developing the provision of independent advocacy services for older people. Our members have empathy with, and an understanding of the things affecting the lives of, older people. More>>>

What is advocacy ?
Advocacy supports and enables people who have difficulty representing their interests, to exercise their rights, express their views, explore and make informed choices.

Independent Advocacy supports the person regardless of the demands and concerns of others. It challenges the causes and effects of injustice, oppression and abuse and upholds human rights. (OPAAL National Forum 2008)

Every Step of the Way  OPAAL’s new Cancer, Older People and Advocacy project publication "Every Step of the Way": 13 stories illustrating the difference that independent advocacy makes to older people affected by cancer was launched on March 25th 2014.

Download a copy here.

Silver Dreams/Macmillan Project: Cancer, Older People and Advocacy
OPAAL is successful in £1million application to Big Lottery's Silver Dreams Fund. For more details visit our blog.

Advocacy on the Wards
OPAAL is currently working with Macmillan Cancer Support on an exciting and innovative new project providing advocacy support to older people affected by cancer. As part of our work to get information out about this important new piece of work we have created a project blog, to look at the blog simply click on the link below.


Interim Evaluation Report from TWOCAN Associates (2013)
This report conatains details of the Advocacy on the Wards projects progress to date and contains lots of interesting accounts of how advocates have helped older people affected by cancer.

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