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.
23 Records in Advocacy.
People First (Self Advocacy)
People First, 336 Brixton Road, London, SW9 7AA
Telephone: 0207 274 5484 and 07833 460 150
Description: People First (Self Advocacy) is a national, user-led organisation run by and for people with learning difficulties.
Rethink Mental Illness
89 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7TP
Telephone: Advice and general enquiries: 0300 5000 927 or 020 7840 3188
Description: Rethink Mental Illness is a national voluntary organisation which campaigns on behalf of, and provides support to, people with a severe mental illness, their family and carers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South London HIV Partnership
Telephone: 020 7160 0949
Description: The South London HIV Partnership is a group of services working together to complement the work of clinic staff and other HIV services, so you can get the best information, advice and support when you need it.
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.
The Shane Project
The Shane Project, Edmonton Baptist Church, Monmouth Road, The Green, London, N9 OLS
Telephone: 0208-884-6330 Mon-Friday (10am-5pm)
Description: The Shane Project is an independent charity for African/Caribbean & Ethnic Minority people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), their families and carers.
Veterans' support service Wandsworth - STOLL
STOLL, 446 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1DT
Telephone: 020 7385 2110
Description: STOLL's veterans' support service provides help and assistance for residents of the borough of Wandsworth who have served in the British Armed Forces.