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.
People Matter IW – Independent Advocacy
Sometimes it is difficult to get your point across to service providers. We work with people who, for a variety of reasons, find it difficult to get their voice heard, supporting them to ensure they achieve their rights and entitlements.
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.
From the 1st October 2018 PMIW Advocacy is no longer able to offer advocacy services free of charge. However, we may still be able to be of assistance so please contact us for more information.
Please note we cannot offer support to those who are open to Adult Social Care.
For more information, contact us on 01983 241494 or complete the contact us form on our website.