AdvocacyAdvocacy service for older people in Torbay
What does it do?
The provision of clear information about rights and entitlements plays an important part.
Need for advocacy for older people in Torbay
For many, advocacy is vital, and covers a wide range of issues including access to services, understanding and accessing information, and safeguarding quality of care and social needs.
Older people are often disadvantaged in Torbay; the beautiful views mask a predominantly ageing population:
- on low fixed incomes
- suffering high Council Tax
- paying high water charges
- coping with a poor transport system
Large numbers of older people come to Torbay to retire and have no family or social networks in the area, no back up when times are hard. 42% of people over 75 in Torbay live alone, a higher percentage than the national average.
People already turn to Age UK Torbay as a secure source of practical help and support.
Who it is for?
We will only work with people who wish to have the support of an advocate. Advocates will not make decisions for older people, provide counselling, offer long term befriending, or provide legal or financial advice, but will signpost people to someone who can help.