Sometimes it helps to have someone else who can speak on your behalf and represent your views and interests.
You may feel that you need support to help you to speak for yourself, especially in formal situations, or when you do not feel very confident about something.
Someone who speaks on your behalf or who supports you to speak for yourself in this way is often called an advocate. Advocacy does not always have to be provided by paid professionals. Often people take a friend or family member with them to important meetings to give moral support, and to speak up on their behalf if required. If you do not have someone to support you in this way, we can arrange for an independent advocate to ensure that you are involved in all decisions about your care and support.
An advocate can help you to make informed choices and decisions. Whether they are a family member, carer, friend or professional, an advocate must always act on your behalf to ensure that your care and support needs are met and are appropriate for you.
An advocate should be able to:
If you do not have someone who can speak on your behalf and you feel that you need some extra support, we can refer you to an independent advocate.
Cambridge House Advocacy is a charity which supports people in having a voice through providing professional and independent advocacy support. The charity offers independent mental capacity advocacy, care and support advocacy, and community advocacy.
For more information:
Adult Social Care and Public Health
44 York Street
Telephone: 020 8891 7971 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Updated: 30 October 2019