What is Advocacy?

 

Advocacy is a way of supporting people and enabling them to get their voice heard, particularly if they are disabled, disadvantaged, vulnerable, a carer or just having difficulty with services or professionals.

Advocacy empowers people to speak up, particularly when they are going through stressful situations or experiencing difficulties accessing support.

“Advocacy supports and enables people who have difficulty representing their interests, to exercise their rights, express their views, explore and make informed choices. Independent Advocacy supports the person regardless of the demands and concerns of others. It challenges the causes and effects of injustice, oppression and abuse and upholds human rights.”  OPAAL

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What can my Advocate do for me?

An advocate can meet with you, and spend time getting to know you

Advocates can attend appropriate appointments and meetings with you

Provide you with and help you understand information, to make your own decisions

Support you in making your views known

Support you to ask for, and stand up for your rights

If we are unable to help you we will support you to access, or signpost you to someone who can 

I-CANN Advocacy Principles

More information on advocacy is available on our leaflet here.