There may be times when you need someone to represent your interests byarguing your case for you.
We can support you to make choices by giving you the information you need to make an informed decision with more confidence.
We can help you understand procedures and make sure the correct procedures are followed by those in authority.
We can advise you of your rights
We can help you understand information in official documents.
We can support you by attending a meeting, a tribunal or a court hearing.
What is an advocate?
An experienced worker, known as an advocate can help and support you in situations where you may feel unable to speak up on your own, an advocate will help to ensure your concerns are heard.
People you know such as friends and family or health or social care staff, can all be supportive and helpful – but it may be difficult for them if you want to do something they disagree with.
Health and social services staff have a ‘duty of care’ to the people they work with, which means they can’t support you in doing things that they think will be bad for you.
But an advocate is independent and will represent your wishes without judging you or giving you their personal opinion. We believe that you are the expert on your life and it is your view of what you wish to happen that our advocates will act upon.
Unless you tell us something of a life-threatening nature, or in other limited circumstances, we will not tell anyone else what you tell us without your permission.
Should you require further information, please get in touch with us (see contact us).