What is an Advocate?

Advocates are independent of the NHS or Social Services and can help you to be heard if you have a health and social care issue. Your advocate is there to support you and be by your side.

Depending on the type of service required, an Advocate will help a person to understand and stand up for their rights in a health or social care setting.  This could be by:

  • Helping them find information so that they can make their own decisions
  • Helping them take control of meetings by encouraging them to speak out
  • Building their skills and confidence to advocate for themselves without help
  • Attending meetings, helping to write letters and assisting to make phone calls in whatever capacity is needed