Though we are proud of the services we provide at Advocacy Focus, a passion of ours will always be to support people to be their own best advocate.  You can work with any of our team in order to build your skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure that, should you ever find yourself in a tough situation in the future, you are able to more effectively and confidently represent yourself.

Be your own advocate

We can help you learn the skills you need to be your own advocate.

Advocacy classes

In just two sessions, we will teach you:

  • What self advocacy means and involves
  • Skills and confidence tricks to say what you want - and get what you want.

Get in touch to find out if there’s an advocacy class taking place near you soon:

Self Advocacy toolkits and training sessions for groups

In Focus

In Focus is a new self advocacy toolkit and learning programme for groups, exclusively designed and delivered by Advocacy Focus.

We feel passionately about helping people build the knowledge, skills and abilities to feel confident enough to stand up for their rights and be their own advocates.  Because of this, we have developed In Focus, which will be delivered to local people at a range of community and social care groups and centres across Lancashire in the coming weeks, months and years.

Everyone from womens' groups to support centres or carers' groups can get involved and book In Focus sessions to help their members and colleagues develop from our input.

Who is In Focus for?

  • People who use advocacy services already – it’s always our goal to help people to the point where they no longer need to rely on us.
  • People who are on the radar of advocacy support – if we can reach these people early and help them build skills, knowledge and confidence, it’s our hope that they will never need to use an advocacy service in the first place.

What does the In Focus programme look like?

2 x 1 hour interactive training sessions. These are held at your venue, where your group members feel most comfortable.

  • Session 1: What is advocacy? 
  • Session 2: Building skills and confidence with different communication styles via introduction to the Self Advocacy toolkit  

Book a session for your group members NOW:

Self Advocacy Toolkit

These resources and fact sheets are here to assist you in helping your group members to apply their learning.

Fact sheets and tips on being assertive, listening well, and staying calm:

Get in Touch

  • Still confused? We're here to help. Get in touch with us by emailing us at [email protected], filling in a contact form or by ringing 0300 323 0965.

Justice for LB Toolkit

The Justice for LB Toolkit has been co-produced with groups across Lancashire. It is a resource kit aimed at giving professionals the tools to help those with learning difficulties become more involved with their care assessments. It also provides important information and guidelines about working with people who have learning disabilities, communication or cognitive issues.

Our Justice for LB Toolkit was created from feedback from those who have benefited from our support, those with learning difficulties and those who have undergone care assessments.

What is Justice for LB?

Connor Sparrowhawk, aka 'LB,' was a young man who had a preventable death whilst in an assessment unit (managed by Southern Health NHS Trust) on 4th July 2013. The Justice for LB campaign is about raising the awareness of the need for professionals to ensure they take an holistic approach to assessments. Looking at the whole person rather than just an issue and using the support networks around them for comprehensive and person centred assessments. This will hopefully avoid future unnecessary deaths like Connors.

The Toolkit

The Toolkit is a co-production piece that gives professionals a whole range of tools to use during a Care Assessment. It also links to various interactive Easy Read documents produced by Advocacy Focus to support assessments and to enable people who may have trouble communicating become more involved in decisions around their care.

In the Toolkit you will also find a brief overview of the Easy Reads available through Advocacy Focus, we have also outlined these below and provided you with the links to download each Easy Read document.

Communication profile

This is aimed at those who don’t already have a suitable communication profile for other people to understand. This booklet is useful for people across the learning disability community but also for anyone who may be experiencing related issues such as brain injuries or Dementia.

Face Assessment

This is a simplified version of the Social Care Assessment of Need (Face 7 Overview), designed to make the assessment more accessible and enabling for those with difficulties. It doesn’t replace other versions of this but offers a different approach to people wanting to be part of their assessment.

My House My Rules

The My House My Rules Easy Read was created from feedback from our focus groups and may be useful to someone who has visiting carers. It looks at how people want to live in their own home and what support they might need. This gives people their own written copy of their wishes and needs to easily refer back to. 

Cutting Other Peoples' Control in my Life

This is about informing people of the type of restrictions, enabling them to think of their own restrictions and whether these are suitable for them. It empowers people to question the restrictions placed upon them and helps them to question them to create improvements in their care.

Wellbeing and Getting Out and About

This Easy Read informs people about the Wellbeing Principle and how this can determine a need that has to be lawfully met; it also helps people to get out into the community and link areas of wellbeing to those activities. It is interactive so encourages the reader to think about their own activities and how vital they are to their wellbeing.

Mental Capacity Assessment

Helps to explain what a Mental Capacity Assessment is and why it is happening. It is aimed at people who are going through an assessment and would benefit from understanding why it is happening. It also covers the decision and as a result would tie into Reducing Restrictions.

Where I Want to Live

Gives an overview of the different places you can live and how they may be different. It is aimed at people who are thinking of moving and  gives people an opportunity to consider what they might need or want from the place and area they are moving to.

Communication Toolkits

We also have two Communication Toolkits as part of our Justice for LB Toolkit. These can be used to help communicate with people who have communication difficulties, using symbols rather than photographs to meet a wider audience.

We Value Your Feedback

If you would like to give us feedback on our Toolkit or any of our Easy Read documents then please feel free to do so. We value the importance of user feedback to ensure we consistently create documents that are fit for purpose and benefit the service user. Please email [email protected] should you wish to submit your suggestions or feedback. 

  •  To find out more about Justice for LB, click here.