Learning disabilities

Advocacy services for people with learning disabilities

An Advocacy Worker will help you to tell other people what you want to happen in your life.

Advocacy is about sticking up for people who are in danger of being excluded, ignored or mistreated. It’s about helping you to find out about your options to allow you to make well informed choices.

Advocacy is there to make sure you are involved in decisions that affect the way you live your life.

An advocacy worker can help you to:

  • get ready for meetings where important things are being discussed about you
  • understand what things mean
  • find information
  • say what you want.

An advocacy worker will always be on your side.

Advocacy is free; this means it will not cost you anything when we work with you.

Privacy and confidentiality

We will not share what you tell us with anyone unless you want us to.

If we think you or other people are at risk we may break this rule.

If a court tells us to share your information we will break this rule.

  • we can find information for you to help you make choices
  • support you if you feel people are not treating you properly
  • we can support you at meetings so you have a chance to say how you feel. If you do not want to move into a care home, we will try to make sure you get the help you need to stay at home.
  • help you get the home care you want from the council
  • you may not be offered the kind of help you want or enough help. You may also be asked to pay a lot for the help you get. We will try to sort out these kinds of issues.
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Was good to have someone to help me remember things at the meeting.

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I finally felt that someone was on my side.

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Advocacy enabled me to challenge my diagnosis.

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I feel more confident knowing I am able to question my care.

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I was able to participate in the process.

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