Preliminary Research

A Scoping Study of Advocacy with Older People in Wales

This Report identifies what services are in place at present, the current context and what the best opportunities are for the Commission to make real progress in the provision of advocacy services for older people in Wales.

The work examines gaps and weaknesses as well as strengths and good practice examples.

A Scoping Study of Advocacy with Older People in Wales for the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales (.pdf)

Executive Summary (.pdf)



Advocacy Counts 3

In October 2007 the first Advocacy Counts survey established a baseline from which future changes in the provision and availability of advocacy services in Wales could be measured. It found that only 23 organisations provided advocacy services for older people. In November 2008, Advocacy Counts 2 reported that the number had fallen to 19.

In 2010 the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales supported Age Cymru to conduct the Advocacy Counts survey for the third time. 20 organisations responded to the online survey to indicate that they provide independent advocacy services, of which 11 provide services to older people as part of a wider client group. Respondents included complaints services, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy services, mental health advocacy services, domestic abuse services, and Age Concerns amongst others.

Download Advocacy Counts 3 (.pdf)

Download Advocacy Counts 3 Executive Summary (.pdf)