Professional Advocacy

Many individuals may be able to access statutory advocacy services, for example: An Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) when an individual lacks capacity and has no friends or family to advocate or support them. However; there are occasions when individuals do not meet the requirements for statutory advocacy services but would benefit greatly from the support of an advocate.

Where an individual may benefit from the support of our advocacy service, we can provide advocacy under a Spot-Purchase Contract. A Spot-Purchase Contract is defined as a one-off contract which allows an individual, their representative or a statutory service provider (local authority, health board) to commission our advocacy service directly or for an individual client.

We can support an individual to:

-       Identify what they want from services

-       Understand their rights and entitlements

-       Have their voice heard by services

-       Gain control regarding difficult decisions 

Advocacy can be on an instructed basis with an individual who can make an informed decision about what they want, or on a non-instructed basis with an individual who does not have the capacity to make an informed decision and where someone else is a decision-maker on their behalf.

Advocacy services:

-       Can be purchased as and when needed

-       May prevent waiting lists

-       May be able to bridge a gap in provision of Health or Social Services in the community.

What is Professional Independent Advocacy?
Paid independent advocates support and enable people to speak up and represent their views, usually during times of major change or crisis. Such advocacy is issue-based and the advocate may only need to work with the person for a short time.

This type of advocacy may include:

-       Supporting people who are marginalised in our society.

-       Advocating on behalf of people who are unable to do so for themselves.

-       Standing up for and sticking by a person or group and taking their side.

-       Listening to someone when expressing their point of view. 

-       Helping people to feel valued.

-       Understanding people’s situations and what may be stopping them from getting what they want or need.

-       Offering the person support to tell other people what they want or need, or introducing them to others who may be able to help.

-       Helping people to know and understand what choices they have and what the consequences of these choices might be.

-       Enabling a person to have control over their life but taking up issues on their behalf if they want you to.

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