Our advocates can support you to have your voice heard when important decisions are being made about your life or to help you to overcome issues that are impacting on your well-being.
They will support you to:
- gain the skills and confidence to tell people what you want, and they may speak up for you themselves, if you ask them to
- understand your rights and the choices that you have
- make a decision yourself and tell people what your decision is
Your advocate can help you to:
- Understand what your rights are
- Look at information about how different processes work e.g. legal, health or social services
- Look at any local services or community opportunities that might be useful for you
- Understand what choices you have and help you to make your own decision
- Tell people what you want
Our advocates are independent. They are employed by Derbyshire Mind, a local charity.
Community advocates support people with learning disabilities, mental ill health, physical or sensory disabilities, people with Asperger’s or Autism and older people.
- You must be aged 18 or over and live in Derbyshire to use the service.
Care Act Advocacy
Local authorities must involve you in decisions about your care and support.
If it appears to the authority that you would have substantial difficulty in being involved and you have no appropriate family member or friend to support you an advocate must be appointed.
This is a legal right under the Care Act 2014.
If you need an advocate under the Care Act your Social Worker will refer you.