What is advocacy?
Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and to help make sure your voice is heard. Advocacy seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:
- Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them.
- Defend and safeguard their rights.
- Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives.
Advocacy is a process of supporting and enabling people to:
- Express their views and concerns.
- Access information and services.
- Defend and promote their rights and responsibilities.
- Explore choices and options
An advocate is someone who provides advocacy support when you need it. An advocate might help you access information you need or go with you to meetings or interviews, in a supportive role. 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.
Mental Health Advocacy
In certain situations, such as when you are detained under the Mental Health Act, you are legally entitled to help and support from an independent advocate. For further advice, contact Mind or VoiceAbility.
Care Act Advocacy
People Matter IW Advocacy Service promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice by helping to empower people. It enables them to express their personal opinions, needs and views, assisting individuals to achieve their rights and entitlements. It also assists people in securing relevant information and knowledge and questioning decisions thereby enabling them to make informed choices.
Our Client Group are Adults who are carers and adults with a sensory and/or physical disability.
Referral is by Self or third party with client’s permission, People Matter IW Advocacy Services can provide Issue-based advocacy to support a client who needs to deal with a particular problem or issue and we provide Advocacy under the Care Act 2014. This is a confidential service provided by trained staff. People Matter understand the importance of person centred services and advise prospective clients they will have a choice of advocate.