Independent Advocacy (Informal/Formal Advocacy) – involves a one-to-one partnership between an individual and an independent advocate who is trained to undertake their professional role as an advocate.
Formal Advocacy is where a professional advocate supports a client with a specific issue or concern. This could be problems with their benefits, housing, a review of their care package or health issue.
The Advocate enables the person to make an informed choice and ensures that their voice is heard, supporting them to speak up for them selves or if they are not able to do so, speaking on their behalf.
Our specialised Advocacy supports women who have been affected by Psychological Trauma (PTSD & Anxiety), specialised support for Black Asian Ethnic Minority women (BAME), and Asylum Seekers.
- Help with preparing for meetings, appointments or court attendances
- Writing and preparing letters, statements, reports etc
- Help with understanding letters, statements, paperwork
- Assisting with your options and discussing them together
- Speaking to any third party organisation or representative if required
Independent Advocacy is a way to help people have a stronger voice and to have as much control as possible over their own lives. Independent Advocacy is: Standing alongside people who are marginalised in our society. Speaking on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves.
Independent Advocacy can not:
- Give legal advice or provide legal services
- Make decisions for someone
- Tell or advise someone what they think someone should do
- Agree with everything a person says and do anything a person asks them to do
- Solve someones problems for them
No-one should have to face anything alone, and no-one should have to fear their voice being silenced. Unfortunately, it is all too common that meetings become about the Professionals’ needs, and not your needs.
Leaving a meeting/appointment feeling like you were not heard, or wish you had done things differently is frustrating and soul destroying.
Accessing an Independent Advocacy Service, can change the dynamics at the offset, empowering you to challenge and make sure the outcomes are what you wanted.
Being organised, being prepared physically and emotionally, can make a huge difference, so you can do things differently…