Someone to speak on your behalf
Advocates don’t speak on behalf of people – they make sure a person's own voice is heard.
Advocates support people to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to voice their concerns and make sure they are being treated right.
Advocates help people to:
access information and services
be involved in decisions about their lives
explore choices and options
speak out about issues that matter to them.
How Advocacy services work
Every local authority commissions advocacy services to support people who need help making their voice heard.
Advocacy services are provided by an advocate who is independent, and who is not part of your family or one of your friends.
Being independent means they are there to represent wishes without giving their personal opinion and without representing anyone else’s views.
How an advocate will support you
If you have a learning disability, an advocate might help you access information you need or go with you to meetings or interviews in a supportive role.
An advocate's role includes making sure correct procedures are followed and making sure your voice is heard. You may want your advocate to write letters on your behalf, or speak for you in situations where you don't feel able to speak for yourself.
More information can be found on the Cambridge House website, who provide advocacy in Kingston: Cambridge House Advocacy