The Advocacy Toolkits
2018 Three day Introductory
Hamilton March - completed
Tauranga - 1 and 15 May and 5 June
Gisborne Tuesdays: 12, 19 and 26 June
All days 9.30 - 2.30 Details of course below.
Free for disabled people and their whanau (Te Pou grant). Others welcome. For fee details ask Ruth.
Want one in your town? Contact Ruth Gerzon
Workshops and resources for advocates and self-advocates in any field: people with a disability, tangata whai ora, health workers, social workers, mental health staff, disability support, youth workers, refuge workers, victim support, citizen’s advice bureaux.
‘You’re in danger of dying with your rights on.’
Fuimaono Karl Pulotu-Endemann, speaking to tangata whai ora, Aug 2000
Many people are unable to access quality services because they lack good information or come up against systems that discriminate or disregard their rights to choice, dignity and good standards of care.
Advocacy skills and information about their rights support people to speak up themselves or with the help of friends and advocates.
The Advocacy Toolkits are interactive workshops designed to support advocates to reflect on their work and learn skills that support empowerment. They are for people new to advocacy through to professional advocates practising for some years. The workshops look at the issues of power, ethics and cultural safety that come into play in advocacy.
Participants work through scenarios reflecting advocacy issues they are likely to encounter. Detailed handouts are provided for on-going reference.
A 12 hour introductory workshop for people new to advocacy, advocating for themselves, their family or peers.
assertion and your rights
self-care and support
strategies, planning, record keeping
empathy and listening skills
using an empowerment approach
cultural safety in advocacy
expressing issues clearly and concisely
preparing for meetings
useful advocacy strategies
This is held over 3 days (9.30-2.30)
Course Two: Advanced Advocacy
Skills and Strategies
A 12 hour (3 day) workshop for people regularly advocating for others in paid or voluntary work.
an empowerment approach: avoiding dependency
ethical issues: values and cultural safety, mandate and conflicts of interest
goal setting, mapping issues
choosing approaches: acting as influencers; acting as champions
negotiation skills & dealing with resistance
This workshop is for people with experience of advocacy in a paid or voluntary capacity, and have completed Workshops 1 & 2 or taken communication skills training and know your rights (HDC and HRC Acts).
This workshop is useful for social workers, field officers, nurses, mental health workers, refuge workers, citizens advice, disability advocates
Course One - An introduction to advocacy
Workshop Three - Advocacy for social and organisational change
A 12 hour (3 day) workshop on strategies to promote equity and social justice within communities and changing the culture of organisations.
stages of change; blocks to change
strategies that work
building strength & finding allies
planning,: goal setting
This is for people are interested in working for change in systems, policies, and communities. Participants do not have to have attended the other workshops.