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.
7 Records in Advocacy.
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.
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.
15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London , E15 4BQ
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (Mind Infoline)
Description: Mind is a national mental health charity that offers a range of information and support services for people who experience any type of mental distress.
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 Refugee Association (SLRA)
South London Refugee Association, The Vestry Hall, London Road, Mitcham, CR4 3UD
Telephone: 0203 490 3343
Description: This organisation supports refugees, asylum seekers and newly-arrived migrants in South London with various matters, including housing, welfare, access to health and care services and much more.
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.