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 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
People Matter IW – Independent Advocacy:
People Matter IW Advocacy can, where appropriate, provide support, signposting and information for people who are not eligible for Isle of Wight Council Adult Social Care Services.
For more information, contact us on 01983 241494 or complete our contact form
Health Watch IOW:
If you can’t find the right support, Healthwatch is here for you. In times of worry or stress, we can be there to find you the best place to go for help, whether it’s finding an NHS dentist, how to make a complaint or where to go for extra support. Find out more in our video below.