A huge thanks to everyone who shared their stories and posts, raising awareness of how advocates use the #HumanRightsAct

Highlights from #AAW22

We’re wrapping up Advocacy Awareness Week for another year – thanks to over 40 organisations who supported the campaign. The week saw 1272 Tweets by 316 users with an overall reach of 4,006,814! It has been a week of showcasing how human rights and advocacy work together, raising awareness, inspiring practice and providing important information. Our Advocacy Awareness Week page pulls together a range of resources and the stories we’ve published, but we wanted to share some of the other content from advocacy providers across the UK. We’re proud to have the support of so many organisations and we’d love to include everything here, but it would be a really long list.

If you participated in the week – we’d love to hear your feedback


Here are just a few of the highlights.

The British Institute of Human Rights supported the week and shared our daily themes:

Becoming a statutory advocate, a blog from Hilary Paxton of Cloverleaf Advocacy for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

People First were active across social media, especially telling everyone about the new advocacy taxi.

Glenn from The Advocacy People took part in a radio show on Stony Radio in Milton Keynes. Listen to the show here, Glenn appears 45 minutes in.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published new guidance on advocacy services for adults with health and social care needs.

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance and Scottish Human Rights Commission produced this guide to help advocates support people to secure their human rights.

Citizens Advice Sheffield shared a series of short films about what an advocate does. This is Alison.

Dorset Advocacy shared a number of stories:

Your Voice Counts shared a number of stories, including:

Cloverleaf Advocacy shared a range of case studies, here are a few:

Advocacy Focus shared a blog about the importance of advocacy.

VoiceAbility shared a range of case studies covering each day.

The Advonet Group also shared a number of stories – read them here.

POhWER shared a range of case studies, here are just a few.

The Volunteer Centre Sutton were busy across Twitter.

Vital Projects were busy sharing lots of information, including a thought-provoking film.

Age Cymru shared lots of information in English and Welsh, here’s a taster.

Lippy People shared a selection of advocacy stories from their film catalogue on Twitter.

Leeds Autism AIM were one of our top #AAW22 retweeters!

When asked what advocacy means to her, Jessica, a young person we work with here at NDTi, shared this quote:

What advocacy means to me - Jessica
Advocacy enables individuals’ voices to be heard and allows communities to work together to understand and promote social change to help others to prosper and feel confident when discussing topics that matter to them.

The countdown to Advocacy Awareness Week has begun

It’s November – and the countdown to Advocacy Awareness Week has begun. This year’s dedicated week (7th -11th November) will highlight how advocates and advocacy supports people in relation to their human rights.

We are really looking forward to sharing some fantastic content with you during the week. This year we have even more resources:

Join us for a free lunchtime learning session on Zoom as part of Advocacy Awareness Week 2022 hosted by NDTi with Carlyn Miller, Head of Policy and Programmes, British Institute of Human Rights.
Friday 11 November, 1pm-1.30pm. Book your place here 

National Advocacy Conference 2022
The 2022 National Advocacy Conference will take place online Monday 7th, Tuesday, 8th & Wednesday 9th November with an in-person event on 10th November in Birmingham “Using Power, Having Influence & Being Brave” Find out more about the conference here 

Tell us about your plans for Advocacy Awareness Week on Twitter ahead of the week. You can tag us using @NDTicentral and @NDTiGail

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Advocacy Awareness Week 2022 – how’s your planning going?

Only 4 (and a bit) weeks to go! We’re counting the days until Advocacy Awareness Week 2022 starts (7th -11th November), and we are really looking forward to sharing some amazing content with you during the week.


How’s your planning going? 

Have you had a look at this year’s daily themes which focus on Advocacy and Human Rights?


Monday Right to life.

Tuesday Right to be safe from inhuman or degrading treatment.

Wednesday Right to liberty.

Thursday Right to respect for private and family life.

Friday Right to be free from discrimination.

How can you use these themes to show the great work you do through delivering independent advocacy?
We have loads of resources and temples you can adapt:

Want to know more about you can use Human Rights in your advocacy practice? 


The following links from The British Institute of Human Rights provide more information about each right. Also be sure to check their Easy Read guides

Right to life

Right to be safe from inhuman or degrading treatment

Right to liberty

Right to respect for private and family life

Right to be treated fairly


Easy Read guides to understanding Human Rights

Easy Read Right to Life

Easy Read Right to be safe from inhuman or degrading treatment

Easy Read Right to liberty

Easy Read Right to respect for private and family life

Easy Read Right to be treated fairly

Search #AAW21 and #AdvocacyInAction on Twitter to see the fantastic stories, artwork, blogs, videos and case studies that were created last year for further inspiration.


This year’s hashtags are: 

#AAW22: Please use the #AAW22 for all your advocacy awareness week posts and then pick and choose from the rest of the hashtags depending on what you are sharing

#HumanRightsAdvocacy for stories and information about advocacy and human rights

#AdvocacyInAction for stories and information about how advocacy works and how advocacy has made a difference

#SelfAdvocacyWorks for stories and information about self-advocacy

#HearMyVoice if you are telling stories about advocacy and its impact for individual people

Prepare a blog, vlog, podcast for NDTi to share

We want to share as much information about advocacy and human rights as we can during the week – if you or your organisation want to write a blog, article, record a video or a podcast for us to share, please contact with details of what you want to submit.

Check out our social media downloads to add to your channels for the week.
Tell us about your plans for Advocacy Awareness Week on Twitter ahead of the week. You can tag us using @NDTicentral and @NDTiGail

Advocacy Awareness Week 2022

Advocacy Awareness Week will run from 7th- 11th November 2022.

We’re pleased to share that the campaign theme for Advocacy Awareness Week this year is Advocacy and Human Rights, and we’re looking forward to a week of sharing all things Advocacy and rights. We’ll be working alongside The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to share loads of resources about Human Rights and how advocates can use them on a day-to-day basis. Advocates have a key role in supporting people to understand their human rights, ensuring these are respected and upheld by public bodies, as well as raising concerns and challenges when people’s rights are under threat or at risk.

We’re looking forward to hearing all your stories and examples of Advocacy in Action and how you are supporting people to achieve their rights.

The Advocacy Awareness Week resources are available for you here . This year we have:

  • #AAW22 logos and hashtags
  • A timetable for topics for each day of Advocacy Awareness Week
  • Template slides for you to adapt and share stories and examples
  • Infographics and explainers about the key human rights we’ll be exploring in the week
  • A template press release

We have Easy Read guides about Advocacy Awareness Week and how to take part

As ever, NDTi will be collating and sharing content throughout the week.

If you or your organisation wants to contribute a blog, vlog, record a podcast or share stories of the work you are doing in relation to Advocacy and human rights for us to share, then please email

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Advocacy Conference 2022

Our colleagues over at Blackbelt Advocacy are getting ready to share some incredible content with 3 days of online sessions (November 7, 8 & 9) followed by a one-day in-person event held on 10th November in Birmingham. If you are interested, you can find the programme here: 2022 Advocacy Conference.

Online – Nov 7-9th

As usual, the three-day online event will include a massive range of interesting and exciting speakers who will look at a range of topical themes – ranging from personal experiences, legal developments and innovative approaches within Advocacy.

In addition to the 1-hour sessions, there are self-care and more opportunities to connect with services, colleagues and friends. People are invited to join self-care sessions at the beginning of every day with a small number of 1:1’s also available. A human library is also running across the three days, which means people can connect directly to experts for more focused discussion.

In Person – 10th November

The in-person event will focus on developing practical skills essential to the advocacy toolkit. Tricia Nicoll will be co-delivering the one-day event in Birmingham that supports and challenges advocates to develop more bravery, influence and courage.

The costs for the online event are £39 pp and £119 for the in-person…., but Blackbelt Advocacy wants to make it as cheap and accessible for all. If you have a group of advocates you would like to attend and access this unmissable content, email