Advocacy – Making Your Voice Heard
An advocate is a person who can support you and speak on your behalf if you want them to.
Advocacy services help you access information and ensure your voice is heard when decisions that affect you are being made.
Why use an advocate?
Advocates are independent. They don’t represent the views of others, such as your local authority or the NHS.
They won’t make decisions for you or give you their personal opinion.
An advocate can:
- contact people on your behalf
- go to meetings with you to give you support
- speak on your behalf when you don’t feel comfortable speaking yourself
- write letters and emails on your behalf