Advocacy service for older people in Wigan

What does it do?

The purpose of the Advocacy Service is to help people say what they want, secure their rights and represent their interests. It aims to empower people to make effective choices about their lives and ensure that they are given the same respect, dignity and consideration that all members of society should expect.

We can provide information and support regarding various issues for example; benefits and financial issues, housing, health care, employment, family issues etc. The Advocates cannot advise people on what they should do; however, they will look at the options and choices available and support them in those choices.

We can help people by;
  • Clarifying and representing their own views and wishes accurately
  • Assisting in expressing their own views effectively
  • Providing information to enable informed choices
  • Challenging decisions/outcomes

Who it is for?

The service is available to people aged 60 and over.

Where it is available?

Local service (Wigan).

What it costs:

The service is free of charge

How to access or apply for it:

The service can be accessed through Age UK Wigan Borough Starting Point Service via self referral or through a representative i.e. family member, friend, carer or Organisation. We aim to make initial contact with the service user/ representative within 5 working days of receiving the referral.

Contact Starting Point @ Age UK Wigan Borough 01942 826079
Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
(Answer machine facility available at all other times)


Info last updated:

Pennyhurst Mill, Haig Street, Wigan, Greater Manchester, WN3 4AZ