Advocacy

Advocacy service for people in Andover area

What does it do?

What is advocacy?
Advocacy is about helping people to have their say. It can help you to:

  • take greater control of decisions which affect you
  • express your wishes, needs and opinions
  • get access to resources and information. 

What is an advocate?
An advocate is a person who delivers the advocacy service. This means they will work directly with you; they will always put you first and they will help you to help yourself. All of our advocates are fully trained volunteers.
Some of the things our advocates do include:

  • supporting you to complete forms or prepare a will
  • helping you to make decisions about housing such as, moving into a care home or supported housing
  • helping you to develop a budget
  • supporting you to access advice on benefits and legal issues
  • accompanying you to meetings
  • making sure you know your rights

Who it is for?

Some people aren’t fully aware of their rights as citizens, or have difficulty in fully understanding these rights. Others may find it hard to speak up for themselves and have no connections to family and friends who could support them. Some people might become vulnerable due to a life event such as illness or bereavement. Anyone might need advocacy at some stage of their life.
Andover Mind’s advocacy service is free and confidential. It is available to all vulnerable people aged 18+ in the local area.

Where it is available?

Local service (Test Valley).

How to access or apply for it:

See contact details above

Classification(s):

Info last updated:

29/11/2013
Provider
The well-being centre, Westbrook Close, Andover