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.
5 Records in Advocacy filtered by Location "SW17".
Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS)
25 Blakenham Road, Tooting, London , SW17 8NE
Telephone: 020 8767 5378
Description: Community Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (CARAS) is a community outreach charity that offers support and advice to people of refugee background to enable them to overcome barriers that prevent access to rights, entitlements, opportunities and a good quality of life.
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.
Rethink Springfield Advocacy Service
Rooms 11 and 12, Building 3, Springfield Hospital, 61 Glenburnie Road, London, SW17 7DJ
Telephone: 020 3513 6739
Description: This is an advocacy service for adults in the care of South West London and St Georges Mental Health Trust, and includes an IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate) service.
VoiceAbility Wandsworth, Unit B102, Trident Business Centre, 89 Bickersteth Road, London, SW17 9SH
Telephone: 020 7924 7772
Description: VoiceAbility Wandsworth provides a range of independent advocacy services for adults living in Wandsworth.
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.