What Is Advocacy?

Advocacy is about supporting you to speak out and be heard. Someone who helps you in this way is called an advocate and they will work in partnership with you.

  • An advocate works to make things happen and change
  • An advocate listens to your views and concerns
  • An advocate supports you to make informed choices and take control of your life
  • An advocate works for everyone to have equal rights
  • An advocate helps you to say what you want and makes sure that you are listened to and answered
  • An advocate helps you to find information and understand it
  • An advocate can go to meetings or appointments with you
  • An advocate can help to make sure that you have the time you need to make decisions
  • Our advocacy is independent and free
  • An advocate is not a support worker and does not fill in any gaps that are missing in care packages or support
  • An advocate does not make decisions for you
  • An advocate does not give their personal opinion
  • An advocate will not discriminate or make judgements
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What is a learning disability?

“A learning disability is a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities – for example household tasks, socialising or managing money – which affects someone for their whole life.

People with a learning disability tend to take longer to learn and may need support to develop new skills, understand complicated information and interact with other people.”

Mencap, 2021

How to request an advocate

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You can request an advocate using the form on the Request an Advocate page.

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