Advocacy - someone to speak up for you
Sometimes you may feel you are not being listened to by health and social care workers. You may feel unable to communicate or express yourself in order to get your own view point across.
An advocate is someone who will support you to make sure that your views and rights are respected, that you are treated fairly, your concerns are taken into account and you have real control over the big decisions in your life. They can help you speak up at meetings, deal with difficult issues and help understand important decisions that are being made. They are professionally trained, fair and impartial, and the service is completely confidential and independent.
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.
Some advocacy services you can arrange yourself by contacting local advocacy providers direct. If you are unsure about your right to have an advocate, contact a local advocacy provider using the Kent Advocacy website.