Advocacy projects for elderly people in Wales are facing closure due to a lack of funds, Age Concern Cymru has reported.
A survey by the charity found that only half of Welsh organisations working with older people provide an advocacy service. About a third of these will have to stop or operate on reduced funding over the next 12 months.
The survey highlights a lack of understanding over the role of advocacy services, with only 13% of respondents being able to give a clear working definition of the service.
Lack of specialist training was also highlighted in the survey as a major issue with 40% of advocates requesting more sessions on elder abuse, focusing on identifying and reporting abuse, along with financial abuse and human rights legislation.
Age Concern Cymru estimates that 6% of elderly people face abuse but because of an “insufficient investment in advocacy” their voices are not being heard.