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Self-Advocacy

Getting things done – Self-advocacy and Gypsies & Travellers

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By Ben Chastney |  July 6, 2015 |

Self-advocacy and Gypsies and TravellersGATE helps people to help themselves.  That has always been one of our key values, though often easier to support in theory than apply in practice, particularly in relation to advocacy.  The temptation, or perhaps pressure, is to simply complete the task at hand.  Too often that means both advocate and member alike focus on completion of a single task, at the expense of building up longer term self-advocacy skills.  It is therefore so positive to see many examples recently that this is not always the case.

We have at GATE been seeing a number of instances of members doing things for themselves, with or without our prior support.

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