What is advocacy?
An advocate is a person who supports and helps you to explain and say what you want if you find it difficult to do by yourself.
Advocates can help you:
- access information and services
- be involved in decisions about your life
- explore choices and options
- defend and promote your rights and responsibilities
- speak out about issues that matter to you
Finding an advocate
seAp (support, empower, Advocate, promote) is an independent charity that provides free independent and confidential advocacy services to help resolve issues or concerns you may have about your health and well-being or your health and social care services. Their services support people, especially those who are most vulnerable in society, to have their voice heard, access their rights and have more control over their lives.
If you have Learning Disabilities and are looking for Community Advocacy or Person Centred Planning, the HARG (Hampshire Regional Advocacy Group) website can tell you which advocacy groups in your area can help.
Statutory advocacy services
Local authorities and health providers have a duty to provide access to advocacy services under the Care Act (to enable everyone to be involved in the social care process) and under the Mental Capacity Act (to help certain people to make specific decisions) and can refer you to one of these services.
Find out about advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act.
Find out about advocacy under the Care Act.