Advocacy means getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes, and help you stand up for your rights. If you think you would benefit from this type of support you could self-refer for an advocate.
The role of an advocate depends on your situation and the support you want. But they are there to support your choices.
An advocate can:
An advocate will not:
The support of an advocate is often particularly useful in meetings when you might not feel confident in expressing yourself. They can:
The South West Advocacy Network (SWAN) provide a full range of statutory and generic advocacy services to adults living in Somerset. For more information please see their website.