Advocacy is a way of making sure someone’s voice is heard when a decision is made. It involves looking at choices, enabling people to know their rights and helping to defend those rights.
Advocacy helps people to speak up – on their own OR with help. It makes sure people’s interests are heard directly or are represented.
We talk about independent advocacy because it is important that advocates are independent of the organisations that are providing services. Being independent helps make sure that everyone has an equal chance to make their voice heard.
Advocacy is not; befriending, counselling, an advice service, providing social support or deciding what is in a person’s best interest.
Where can I find an Advocate to support me?
There are several Independent Advocacy Services in Leeds including: