Advocacy in Action - November 2014
The Head of seAp Advocacy’s highly regarded Advocacy Training department, Val Ford, has just returned from visiting an organisation in Macedonia, helping them to extend Self Advocacy to people with learning disabilities.
The Civil Society Peer Exchanges project, funded by the British Embassy in Skopje, is a new initiative from Euclid Network in the UK and the Center for Institutional Development (CIRa) in Macedonia which seeks to build links between the two countries and support civil society development.
seAp’s wealth of experience in providing independent advocacy services to support the most vulnerable in society will provide ‘Self-Advocacy in Macedonia’ with the skills & knowledge needed to develop an effective and sustainable service for their community and contribute to democracy in Macedonia.
Luisa De Amicis, Director of International Programmes and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Euclid Network says: “We have received great support from organisations such as seAp who are keen to broaden international relations and share their experiences and knowledge. Both the UK and Macedonian participants are finding the peer exchange a valuable opportunity as it provides a fresh perspective on their own work and offers new skills and opportunities. It is by working in partnership and combining our expertise that we will develop the most effective solutions to these concrete challenges.”
Val said ‘I learned so much from Iskra and the group. They are at the beginning of a long journey to secure the rights of those with intellectual disability. The work that has been done already demonstrates their passion and determination to succeed’.
Marie Casey, seAp Chief Executive said: ‘This has been an excellent year for Val, which started out with the achievement of the City & Guilds Medal for excellence in assessing & City & Guilds Lions Tutor of the Year Award and the recent achievement of securing independent City and Guilds Centre status. We are delighted that we are able share her enormous wealth of skill and experience with our colleagues, both locally and abroad’