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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Disability and Social Care Advice Service (DASCAS)
Battersea Library 265 Lavender Hill London, SW11 1JB
Telephone: 020 7978 7306
Description: DASCAS is now part of the Citizens Advice Wandsworth, they provide independent advice to residents living in Wandsworth borough about benefits and services available to people with disabilities, and the relatives and friends who care for them.
NHS Complaints Advocacy
NHS Complaints Advocacy, C/O VoiceAbility, Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9SH
Telephone: 0300 330 5454 or textphone on 0786 002 2939
Description: NHS Complaints Advocates can help if you or someone you know has not had the care or treatment you expect to receive from your NHS services and you want to complain.
Shelter - The housing and homelessness charity
88 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HU
Telephone: 0808 800 4444 (Advice line)
Description: Shelter is a charity that works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing.
2A Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP
Telephone: 020 7359 5767 (advice helpline), 020 7359 6242 (office)
Description: Stonewall Housing provides supported housing, advice and advocacy for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in London.