An advocate is an independent person with suitable training and experience who can speak for you and express your views when you find it difficult to do so yourself. They will also help make sure you understand what is happening. The advocate’s only role is to help you be involved and make sure your voice is heard. They work independently of the council.
The council must make sure everyone with care and support needs is fully involved in decisions that shape their lives. Some people might have help from a family member or friend. For others, if there is no family member or friend to help and they have substantial difficulty being involved, the council will arrange an independent advocate to help.
- Find out more about independent advocacy and who qualifies
There are also other types of advocacy, such as Independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs) for people who lack the mental capacity to make decisions, and Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHAs) for people with mental ill health. You can also find other services here that can advocate for people in a less formal way. There is also group advocacy, where people put across their shared views together, which could be through a support group, a service user forum or another similar group.
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The Macular Society, PO Box 1870, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 9AD
Telephone: 0300 3030 111 (freephone helpline) or 0845 241 2041
Description: The Macular Society is a specialist charity for people affected by central vision loss and macular conditions.
VoiceAbility IMCA service
Telephone: 0300 330 5499 (IMCA referrals only)
Description: Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, or IMCA, is a statutory advocacy service for people who have been assessed as lacking the capacity to make a specific decision in their life.
Wandsworth Independent Living Forum (WILF)
Postal address only: Wandsworth Independent Living Forum, 3rd Floor Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, Tooting, SW17 9SH
Telephone: 020 8516 7768 or 07890 780 572
Description: WILF aims to support and promote independent living for all disabled people in the borough of Wandsworth, whatever their impairment or age.