You can expect your advocate to do the following things:
- Take time to get to know you
- Find out how you feel about things
- Help you find the information you need to make decisions and choices
- Help you consider different ways of doing things before making your choice
- Support you to put over your views to other people
- Go with you to meetings if you want this
- Act as your voice when needed - but only express your views
- Stand up for you when needed
What Advocates Don't Do
The independent advocate will not:
- Give their own opinion
- Work to their own agenda
- Tell you what to do or give you advice
- Speak to other people about you without your permission
- Except in a limited number of cases which will be explained to you
If You Want To Use This ServiceReferrals can be made by yourself or a third party.
Referrals can be made in person, over the telephone or by email via our contact form. We try to make the process as straightforward as possible.
If you are unsure about whether independent advocacy would be appropriate or not please get in touch and we can talk things through.