AdvocacyAdvocacy service in Dorchester
What does it do?
The emphasis is on empowering people and not solving their problems for them. This may include enabling individuals to write letters or make phone calls and/or representing their wishes or negotiating with an outside agency.Support can make all the difference to older people being able to live their lives in the way they would like and enabling them to take their rightful place in society.
For many, advocacy is vital and covers a wide range of issues including access to services, understanding and accessing information and safeguarding quality of care and social needs.
Advocacy is making informed choices about their own care needs and work to enhance the lives of people who are often socially isolated and vulnerable.
Older people are often disadvantaged in Dorset, the beautiful views mask a predominantly ageing population on low fixed income, suffering from high council tax, paying high water charges and coping with a poor transport system.
Who it is for?
However, it is mainly aimed at those who are disadvantaged for any reason, many people who use our service have little or no contact with others.
The aim is to empower them to live independent lives and to support them in their decision making.
We only work with people who wish to have the support of an advocate. Advocates will not make decisions for older people, provide counselling, offer long term befriending or provide legal or financial advice.
Our advocates work with older people to
- Identify any problems or needs the older person may have.
- Help the older person to meet those needs.
- Assist in gaining access to advice and help on benefits, personal issues, legal matters or other forms of service.