Armchair Advocates

From the local to the national, from the large scale to the personal, there are a range of issues that affect older people's lives.

The Armchair Advocates programme is designed to give BME people over 50 the skills and confidence to get more involved in the decisions that affect them.

We’re providing training on using online communication, how to voice opinions, using social media, and a range of other skills. We’re also working with older people to arrange consultations where and how they want. For more information email us here.

Want to get involved?
If you're from a Black and minority ethnic background and aged 50 or over and would like to have more say in the decisions that effect you, drop us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call. We’re also looking for organisations who want to get more involved in their communities by hosting events. If you would be interested in helping older people in your community get more involved in decision-making, please contact us using the methods above.

Consultation and engagement
So far as part of the project we've spoken to over 50 older people to find out their views on life, society, and what they want from the future. You can watch a quick film summarising their views here. Alternatively, have a look at some photos of what we've been up to.


Key issues
Based on what people have told us, we've put together this short briefing to give you a quick overview of key issues affecting older people, particularly in relation to social and political participation as well as advocacy. We hope that if you’re an older person reading this you won’t feel so alone in your concerns. If you work with older people, hopefully this paper will give you some pointers on how to involve and engage your beneficiaries.


Consultation opportunities
As part of the project, we’ve put together this guide which shows the nature of current consultation and engagement opportunities (e.g. online, questionnaire, meeting. etc) and how to contact organisations that are implementing their duty to enable public involvement through feedback or complaints channels


Armchair Advocates is funded with the support of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.