What Makes a Good Advocate?
Someone who will….
- Help me to say what I want
- Help me to work out what the problem is
- Help me to think through my choices
- Listen to me & say what I want them to say
- Be on my side
- Make phone calls and write letters
- Support me in meetings
What an advocate does:
- An advocate works to make things happen and change
- An advocate helps people to make choices and take more control of their own life
- An advocate works for everyone to have equal rights
- An advocate tries to make sure that people with a disability are not left out and lonely. They should have the same chances as everybody else to be included in their community
- An advocate helps people to say what they want and makes sure that their voice is listened to and answered
What an advocate does not do:
- An advocate is not a referee in a dispute or argument
- An advocate does not take the control away from the person they are advocating for by persuading them into his/her way of thinking
- An advocate does not take over the role of a Social worker or a nurse or a care worker either or make up for gaps in services that should be provided. There is no right kind of advocacy and there are many different ways it can be offered
Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service is Independent and not for profit free service.
Our advocacy services are free of charge.