About Angel Advocates
The idea for Angel Advocates came from CEO, Paula Ward. She says it was an idea born of a combination of events in her life at that time, which caused her not just to realise how important having a voice was, but also the disparity that exists in access to advocacy and legal advocacy.
In 2019, Paula was in the discernment process for ordained ministry, as well as studying for a law degree, something she viewed as very much a ‘Plan B’. As well as all this, Paula was volunteering as an independent advocate in Dumfries and Galloway, where the provision and delivery of independent advocacy, especially statutory advocacy, is different from here in England and Wales.
As if her workload were not enough, Paula was also representing her father as a lay person in a first-tier Land Registration Tribunal, because her father was unable to afford legal advice and legal aid was not available for his particular type of civil dispute. Paula’s father was daunted and afraid of the legal process and later admitted, he would have given in and given up his land, were it not for the legal knowledge and persistence of his daughter. As it was, the other party conceded, but it brought home to Paula and her father that many more people must feel just as daunted and afraid as they had, but without any access to legal advocacy. Therefore, there must be people, like her father who were giving in and giving up, who had good strong legal cases, surely this was an injustice? From her studies, Paula was sure that the legal system in England and Wales was fair and just, but getting to the stage where you were before a judge was not.