The word “Advocate” comes from the Latin, meaning ” to stand beside”.
By standing beside those who experience disadvantage across many spheres, advocates play a key role in enabling social justice and providing access to human rights and basic needs for those who need support.
Despite the thousands of advocates being employed across WA and immense and growing need for these services, there is no dedicated training available to teach specialist advocacy skills. While individual advocacy units exist under the VET system, there is no dedicated course designed for Advocacy specialists.
AWARE is a sector-driven co-design project to provide specialist training and skill development for existing and potential individual advocates, working in areas of social justice and human rights.
This project was initiated by a collective of eleven community organisations providing individual advocacy including: Health Consumers Council (WA), Developmental Disability WA, Consumers of Mental Health WA, Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, Explorability Inc. Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre, Women’s Health and Family Services, Family Inclusion Network of WA, Uniting WA, People with Disabilities WA, and Circle Green Community Legal (previously Tenancy WA).
The project is funded by Lotterywest from January 2021 until June 2022 to develop the training course, set up an online hub and run two pilot courses. The project is auspiced by the Health Consumers Council (WA) and will be coordinated and administrated by local training organisation Evolve Events and Training (Evolve).