What is advocacy?
Advocacy safeguards people who are vulnerable, for instance people with physical or learning disabilities, older people, young people and those with mental health needs, and enable them make informed choices about their own health and social care.
At times, you may find it difficult to get your voice heard about decisions or issues that affect your life.
Advocacy can help you to access information, explore and understand your options, and to make your views and wishes known. It represents your interests and helps you obtain the services you need.
An advocate is someone who argues your case for you and will ensure
- your voice is heard
- you have equal rights
- you get the support you need
Advocacy is free for all City of London residents and service users with a social care, health or special educational need.