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What is Advocacy?

Advocacy ensures people are able to:

  • Have their voices heard on issues that are important to them

  • Defend and safeguard their rights

  • Have their views and wishes considered when decisions are being made about their lives

Advocacy supports people to:

  • Express their views and concerns

  • Access information and services

  • Defend and promote their rights

  • Explore choices and options

Advocacy promotes equality, social justice and social inclusion.

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An Advocate can:

  • Empower you

  • Listen to you

  • Make sure others listen to you

  • Support you to find information

  • Try to ensure you are treated fairly and equally

  • Help you say what you want

  • Enable you to exercise your legal, civil and human rights

  • Enable you to make your own choices and understand the consequences of these choices

An Advocate cannot:

  • Make decisions

  • Decide what would be "best" for you

  • Put forward their own views

  • Advise/tell you what to do

  • Be judgemental

  • Be a friend

  • Be a lawyer, solicitor or social worker

Examples of Advocacy

Please see "our services" page for more information on what advocacy services we provide.

Statutory Advocacy - these are types of Advocacy which legally have to be provided

Non-Statutory Advocacy - these are types of Advocacy which aren't covered by law 

  • Complex Needs Advocacy

  • Peer Advocacy

  • Group Advocacy

  • Mental Health Advocacy

  • Citizen Advocacy

  • Crisis Advocacy

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