Advocacy in your community
Advocacy seeks to ensure that all people in society are able to: Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them. Protect and promote their rights. Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. There are so many ways to become an advocate, and it can be hard to know where to begin, since there are so many issues affecting so many people.
When I was in Cub Scouts, I learned the importance of helping others. It’s something I do to this day – I’m a helper. And I’d like to encourage you to get out in your community and become a helper, an advocate for causes and issues that are important to you. There are so many organizations, causes and issues you could become involved in, and sadly, it may not be possible to help every one – but every bit you do helps!
Take some time to assess yourself and your circumstances to see how your efforts can help benefit your community the most – it doesn’t have to be financial support, either. Volunteering your time for community events (like picking fruit for a food bank!) is a great way to meet new friends, while supporting worthwhile causes!