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WHAT IS Advocacy?

Advocacy simply means speaking up for yourself or others and getting your views and feelings across. Every individual has the right to say what they want and need when important decisions are being made which affect their lives.

Some people may feel unable to express their views or concerns. This may result from a disability, sensory impairment, and physical ill health or a as result of social or economic circumstances. Individuals can feel vulnerable at any time of their lives but may lack the strength, confidence, communication skills or the ‘necessary standing’ in society to make their voice heard. Advocacy is a means of promoting and defending these people’s needs and welfare.

We work with salaried and volunteer advocates to enable vulnerable people to make their needs and wishes known so that they can achieve greater control over their lives. We aim to provide a one-to-one partner to advocate for anyone that needs support, often acting as an intermediary between the client and the service providers or other agencies.

Our service is provided according to the following principals:

  • The advocate is independent
  • A one to one relationship between the advocate and the client is established
  • Advocacy should strive to be a medium term relationship
  • The commitment and loyalty of the advocate must be to the client in accordance with the confidentiality procedures of Sefton Advocacy
  • Advocacy is about empowerment
  • The client should feel in control of the process and needs to trust the advocate to represent their wishes
  • Advocacy is about advising, assisting and supporting.