Advocacy Easy Read
What is Advocacy?
|Advocacy is about helping disabled and older people and others who are vulnerable, have a voice and be involved in decisions about their lives. These services are usually free and are independent of other services.
There are different types of independent Advocacy services, including Self and Group advocacy.
|Or you could ask for someone called an Advocate to help you – they are independent and can work with you and act on your behalf to get your views and wishes across, if you are not able to do this yourself for any reason.|
|This might be especially important if there are changes to care services which may affect you.
The person acting as your Advocate, would not tell anybody any private information about you unless you agreed to them sharing this.
The only time they might do this without your permission is if you are in danger in order to protect you from harm.
What are the benefits of Advocacy?
|You will be able to speak up for yourself or have help to do this.|
|You will have access to information which is easy to understand.|
|You will be able to find out about services in the community which could help and support you.|
|You will know how to complain about something if you need to.|
|You will be more able to choose what you want to do.|
|You can say whatever you like about health and council services without worrying about what the Advocate or supporters thinks.|
If someone becomes your advocate, what will they do?
|Listen to you.|
|Encourage you to speak up for yourself or speak for you if you need them to.|
|Find you good reliable information to help make choices.|
|Talk to other people who might be able to help you, if you are happy for them to do this.|
|Help other people understand what you want and help you to understand what they do, e.g. social workers or housing departments.|
What someone acting as your Advocate Does Not Do
|Tell you what choices to make or make decisions for you.|
|Make a Complaint for you.
But if You want to complain about something, they can support you to do this.
|Support you to get out and about or be your friend.|
|Speak up or give you advice about the law, unless they are Legal Advocates.|
|People who can act for you on legal matters are usually lawyers or solicitors who are qualified and specially trained to do this.|
Advocacy Services - where to go if you want help
|Wiltshire People 1st (Self Advocacy) A county-wide self advocacy organisation, run by and for people with learning difficulties with support. Promoting the rights and inclusion of people with learning difficulties, autism and other needs by running speaking up groups and making information easy to understand.|
|Independent Living Centre, St George's Road, Semington, BA14 6JQ|
|Tel: 01380 871900|
|Rethink-Wiltshire Advocacy Service Rethink is funded by Wiltshire Council to provide all statutory advocacy services including Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. Rethink are also funded to provide other generic/non-statutory advocacy for people who need support outside of Care Act and MCA responsibilities. They provide advocacy for adults who are experiencing or recovering from mental illness, physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty or disability, autism or ageing or are carers and live in Wiltshire|
|Unit 2 The Halve, Trowbridge Wiltshire. BA14 8SA.|
|Telephone them on: 07484 001862 or 01225-774279|
|Visit their website at: www.rethink.org|
|SWAN (South West Advocacy Network) An advocacy service for adults who are experiencing or recovering from mental illness, physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulty or disability or ageing or are carers and live in Wiltshire.|
|Write to SWAN at: 26 Milford Street, Salisbury, Wilts, SP1 2AP|
|Telephone Swan on: 01722 341851|
|E-mail SWAN at: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wiltshire Council help desk|
|Adult Care 0300 456 0111|
Other organisations who offer support
|>Wiltshire & Swindon Users’ Network Helps disabled and older people including those with mental health experiences, who are service users in Wiltshire and Swindon to have their say about service planning, monitoring and evaluation.|
|The Independent Living Centre, St. George’s Road, Semington, BA14 6JQ|
|Wiltshire Centre For Independent Living Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living is an organisation managed by disabled people and is committed to supporting all disabled people to achieve choice, control and equal rights.|
|11 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB|
|0300 123 3442|
|SEAP – NHS Complaints Advocacy Service Independent advocacy to support people to make a complaint about services provided by the NHS|
|PO Box 375 Hastings TN34 9HU|