INDEPENDENT ADVOCACY

“Having someone to help me understand the process and there beside me, was empowering”

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.  

Advocacy can:

  • 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
  • Accompany you to the meeting, appointment or court hearing (location & availability dependant)

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…

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Independent Advocacy – City & Guilds
FREE weekly Advocacy DROP-IN:

Day: Every Tuesday
Time: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
Location: She Can Consultancy, Medtia Chambers, 5 Barn Sreet, Oldham, OL1 1LP

Our weekly drop-in provides general support, information and signposting. We can assist with basic form filling, understanding of letters and helping you consider your options. 

This Advocacy Service is for women who have suffered any form of Psychological Trauma, or Sexual Violence.

We also provide Support for Asylum Seekers, especially for those who have exhausted all Rights to Appeal and are seeking support to make a Fresh Claim. 

SUPPORT PACKAGES

ONLINE SUPPORT PACKAGE – £99

Includes:
Free Telephone Consultation

1 Coaching Call

Assistance with letters, letter writing, form filling, statement preparation etc, via Email Communication

1 Follow up Coaching Call

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ONGOING SUPPORT PACKAGE – £148 Per Month

Includes: Free Telephone Consultation

Unlimited Calls as Needed

Assistance with letters, letter writing, form filling, statement preparation etc, via Email Communication (or face-face)

Third Party Representation, speaking with Solicitors, Local Authorities etc on your behalf

Follow Up Coaching Call
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ONline coaching call – £25.00 per hour

One Off Coaching Calls are available if you are looking for one-off support, an empowerment call before a meeting or feeling anxious, to map over a situation and seek guidance etc.

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MCKENZIE FRIEND

McKenzie Friend can best be described as anyone who accompanies you to court to help you as a Litigant in Person – those who are unrepresented by a Solicitor or engage a barrister. Your McKenzie Friend is able to sit with you in the court and offer advice and support as well as taking notes to help you.

There are some things that a McKenzie Friend cannot do on your behalf, such as conduct litigation, file court documents and Statements etc. 

Going to court can be a stressful experience. It can be made easier by using a regulated lawyer such as a solicitor. But not everyone can hire a lawyer. Sometimes, the only option might be to represent yourself in court.

If you represent yourself, having someone who can encourage and help you in court can make a big difference.

Our team of McKenzie Friends are experienced professionals.

RATES:
McKenzie Friend Fee:                           £15.00 per hour

Hourly Fee Includes:

·        Attendance to Court

·        Casework time reviewing letters/ reports etc.

·        All telephone, email or direct contact as necessary

·        Note-taking and follow-up reporting

This service is available in and around Manchester (travel expenses may apply). Miniumum 2 hour booking required. Please contact mayameen@shecanconsultancy,com to check availaibility and then make payment:

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