Warrington Speak Up Advocacy Hub provides a range of services to ensure people can have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives and that their rights are upheld.
The Hub offers a seamless service, delivered from one location based at the Gateway. Bringing together advocacy services in one place makes it easier for people to access the right kind of advocacy support at the time they need it.
By having the same advocate people can experience better continuity of support at some of the most challenging times in their lives.
What is advocacy?
Most of us at some point in our lives may need help to speak up about something that is important to us. However, there are some people who may need more help because they are isolated, at greater risk of being ignored, not listened to or just not able to speak for themselves.
Advocacy is about making sure that people’s views and wishes are heard and listened to and their rights protected, that they are supported to make informed choices and take more control of their lives.
“Advocacy has helped me to get my rights and has given me the confidence to take control of my life”
“Having someone on my side helps me to get my voice heard so that I feel included in decisions about me”
“My advocate really gave me the confidence to read out something which I had prepared to say”
Advocacy helps people to:
- Get and understand information
- Understand and exercise their rights
- Make their own choices
- Voice their own views and wishes
- Be heard
- Participate in decision making about their lives
- Have their rights protected
- Obtain the right services and support
How can an advocate help?
- An advocate is someone who provides advocacy support when you need it – they are independent, on your side and led by you.
- An advocate might help you access information you need and explore options – they can help you prepare for meetings and go with you when needed.
- An advocate can help you to prepare what you want to say so that you can speak for yourself – they can also speak for you in situations where you don’t feel able to speak for yourself.
- An advocate will spend time getting to know you in order to understand what is important to you and what your views and wishes are – all our advocates work in way that helps you feel valued, respected and in control.
- An advocate will make sure you are treated fairly – They will work hard to make sure your rights are respected and upheld.
All our advocates work closely to the national Advocacy Code of Practice.
An advocate may not always be necessary or appropriate however the Advocacy Hub will point people in the right direction and signpost them to appropriate services.
Click on the coloured buttons for more information about the different types of advocacy available.
Click here for Warrington Speak Up Advocacy Hub contact information.
Here are some recent success stories highlighting the benefit of having the same advocate involved in different types of advocacy
* Personal details have been changed to maintain confidentiality