Advocacy is quite simply supporting people to get their voice heard and finding the right support for them.
Advocacy aims to ensure that people know their rights and have the information they need to make their own choices.
Talking with an advocate can help people to work out what they want, find services that can help and feel supported in communicating with services.
Our Independent Advocates offer support in the community to ensure people are listened to, sometimes addressing the power imbalance that can arise with service professionals. It is about having someone by your side, to support your views and get your opinions heard in a non-judgmental, empathetic way.
Advocates only act with your explicit consent.
At VITAL, our advocates are highly trained professionals, some with their own personal experience of using mental health services. They understand the frustrations that can come along with trying to find and access the right services at difficult times and the importance of getting your view points taken seriously.
An advocate helps you get to where you need to be, easing the journey through the system with the provision of information and support.
If you feel you would benefit from this service, please contact us here or call 01274 770118 to speak to one of our advocates.