What we do

Citizen Advocacy is committed to promoting equality and justice for people with intellectual disability.

The coordination team seek out vulnerable people in the community with little family connection or social support. This group of people can be at increased risk of abuse or neglect.

We help by matching individuals with a volunteer who becomes their friend and advocate. Citizen Advocates are caring community members with a strong sense of social justice.

We conduct a thorough process to determine if someone is eligible for our program and then we start searching for a suitable match. We consider things like gender, age, location, hobbies, and interests when matching two people together.

An advocate can help someone by:

  • Becoming a friend and confidante
  • Assisting them to identify and reach their goals
  • Connecting them to their local community
  • Encouraging them speak up about any worries or concerns
  • Empowering them to make their own decisions and choices in life
What We Do
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If you (or someone you know with intellectual disability) might benefit from having an advocate, fill out the Enquiry Form below to get in touch with us today. We respond to all enquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Citizen Advocacy began with the recognition that people with intellectual disability are often rejected, segregated, neglected and even abused.

Citizen Advocacy is a way of assisting a person with intellectual disability to improve the quality of their life.

The need for Citizen Advocacy has evolved for many reasons:

  • Many people with disability have no one in their lives apart from paid support staff.
  • Many people with intellectual disability are limited in their ability to deal with the practical affairs of everyday life.
  • The rights and opportunities of people with disabilities are often limited.
  • People are unaware that they are entitled to the same rights most of us enjoy.
  • Many people with disability remain socially isolated.