What is advocacy?
Advocacy services help people – particularly those who are most vulnerable in society – to:
- access information and services
- be involved in decisions about their lives
- explore choices and options
- defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
- speak out about issues that matter to them
What is an advocate?
An advocate is a qualified independent individual who isn't part of your family, friends, statutory provider (e.g. NHS, doctor, benefit provider etc), or employer. An advocate is independent and are there to make sure that you are heard and your wishes represented in situations where you may not feel able to speak for yourself.
An advocate's role includes arguing your case when you need them to, and making sure the correct procedures are followed in a given situation.
Independent advocacy for individuals and businesses
A person suffering with poor mental health may feel unable to communicate their needs or understand the options available to them.
Our advocates are skilled in helping people access information and services helping them to make informed decisions, exercise their right to explore and choose the services they receive and speak out about things that matter or are affecting them.
An advocate will put forward views and opinions and make sure an individual’s rights are defended. They are helpful to employers when managing the transition back to work after a period of absence and work sensitively to ensure positive outcomes for both employers and individual staff members.
You can be assured:
Our team are DBS vetted, with confidentiality agreements, trained in data protection and the sharing of information.