Advocacy

Advocacy 

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.

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.

care and support

4 Records in Advocacy filtered by Key words "communication support".

  • Deaf Drop-in Service

    Customer Centre, Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, SW18 2PU

    Telephone: 020 8871 7707 (voice calls), or 07876 446633 (SMS text message only)

    Description: Wandsworth Deaf Drop-in Service is for people in the Deaf community who live in the borough of Wandsworth.

  • Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD)

    Century House South, Riverside Office Centre, North Station Road, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1RE

    Telephone: 0845 688 2525 (voice), 0845 688 2527 (Deaf textphone), 07851 423 866 (SMS)

    Description: RAD is a national Deaf-led charity that works to promote equality for Deaf people by providing accessible services.

  • SignHealth

    5 Baring Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, HP9 2NB

    Telephone: 01494 687600 or 07966 976 749 textphone

    Description: SignHealth is a charity that is focussed on improving the mental and physical health of Deaf people.

  • 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.