About Citizen Advocacy – Perth West
Citizen Advocacy Perth West is a not for profit organisation funded by the federal government, which aims to promote, facilitate and support advocacy for people with intellectual disability.
The Citizen Advocacy Perth West office seeks out people with intellectual disability living in hostels, group homes or in the community, who have no actively involved family and are therefore particularly at risk.
We then carefully match them, one-to-one, with a principled, caring member of their local community. This person freely commits to a long-term relationship, in which they undertake to act as friend and spokesperson or “advocate” for the person with intellectual disability.
- The two people are matched as closely as possible in terms of gender, age, location and interests.
- Each Citizen Advocacy relationship is unique and may include: friendship, the experience of family, new opportunities, spokesmanship or protection from abuse.
- Advocates are given training, ongoing support and access to various resources by the Citizen Advocacy office to help them in their roles.