Advocacy is free, independent support to involve you in decisions about your health, care and wellbeing.
An advocate is an independent professional who is on your side. They can support you to have your say and know your rights.
Advocates don’t work for the council, the NHS, or care providers. When you work with an advocate, they will keep things confidential. You don’t need to pay for an advocate.
What do advocates do?
An advocate will:
- listen to what you think about what’s happening to you
- help you say what you want and don’t want
- help you understand information about your situation
- explain your options
- plan with you about what to do next
An advocate will not
- offer counselling or befriending
- offer legal advice
- make decisions for you
- tell you what to do
If at any point you need support that your advocate cannot offer, they can help you find out if there is someone who can. You can ask to stop advocacy support at any time.
Types of Advocacy
There are different types of advocacy, each with different eligibility criteria. Statutory advocacy types are available everywhere, but other types of advocacy are unique to a particular local area.
Statutory advocacy types
The law says that some types of advocacy must always be provided for eligible people, no matter where you live. We call these ‘statutory’ advocacy types. Even if we do not provide them in your area, there will be another advocacy organisation that does.