Advocacy is a way for people to tell others what they want when they might not be, or feel able to do so on their own.
An advocate gets to know your views and wishes and gives you support to tell others what these are. They speak for you, making sure they give your views and opinions.
Family and friends or health and social care staff can help you speak up, but it may be difficult if you have different ideas about what you want.
An independent advocate helps you to:
- express your views and concerns
- access information and services
- explore choices and options
- defend and promote your rights and responsibilities
Advocacy support services can be found in our service provider directory.
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