Your Voice Advocacy
After 1996, West Glamorgan no long existed as a county and the organisation took steps towards establishing itself as an independent advocacy project. By doing this the organisation had to apply for funding and was successful in getting National Lottery Funding from 1996 – 2002.
In 2007 the Forum changed its name to Your Voice Advocacy Project and today is going from strength to strength with the procurement of new funding for exciting new projects to support people with a range of disabilities.
Until January 2018 YVA was funded to deliver advocacy by the Big Lottery and Lloyds Foundations, but changes in the law made it difficult to get funding for advocates this way. Local Authorities were expected to provide their clients with an advocate, so YVA became almost wholly funded by contracts with Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.
Unfortunately, YVA was not able to continue providing high quality Independent Advocacy and returned to its founding principle of promoting self-advocacy. The YOLO project was established in 2018 (funded by the local Health Board) to combat loneliness and isolation by providing opportunities for socialising like discos, daytrips and other regular activities.