How advocacy can help you
If you find it difficult to express yourself, and you don’t have a friend or relative that can support you, an advocate can help make sure your voice is heard.
An advocate can help you tell people what you need and want. They can support you to make choices about the things that effect you, and help you take control of your life.
Advocacy services can help you:
- during meetings and appointments
- express what you think and what you want
- get information and services
- challenge a decision about you or make a complaint
- understand your options and rights
- write letters
Advocates don’t work for Adult Social Care or health services, and they won’t give their personal opinion. They're there to put across your wishes and decisions.
Where to get help
The Sussex Advocacy Partnership provide local advocacy. The partnership consists of:
- Mind – for adults (including older people) with mental health issues
- Mind out - for LGBTQ people
- Speak Out - for adults with learning disabilities
- Impact Advocacy - for people with sensory, communication, cognitive or physical impairment and people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome
- Sussex Interpreting Services - for people whose first language isn't English
To get support you can either contact these services directly, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 456 2370.
How we can help
We want you to be involved when we make decisions about your care and support.
If you find it very difficult to tell us what you need and want, and you do not have a relative or friend who can help you, we'll arrange for an independent advocate to support you.
Other advocacy services
If your first language isn't English, you can get Bilingual Advocacy from Sussex Interpreting Services. For more information send an email to email@example.com or phone 01273 234 016.
If you're not able to make your own decisions (known as lacking capacity), a mental capacity advocate could help. For more information, visit the POhWER website.