What is Advocacy?
Independent advocacy works towards creating a fairer society
Independent advocacy supports people to be empowered to have a strong voice in all aspects of their lives. This includes ensuring people get heard in key decisions that affect their lives; enabling people to access appropriate services and support and challenging poor and discriminatory practice.
A diverse range of locally based independent advocacy schemes supports large numbers of people who find themselves in vulnerable situations to live fulfilled lives. Nationally, independent advocacy provides a vital support for people who experience poor practice and human rights abuses.
Independent advocacy has championed the right of each person to be at the centre of their care and has been an active catalyst for the transformation of health and social care. In an increasingly personalised care system, independent advocacy remains a key mechanism for making choice and control a reality for many people in the UK.
Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates work in partnership with the people they support and take their side. Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice.
Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service is Independent and not for profit free service.
Our advocacy services are free of charge.