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An advocate is someone who will listen to you and help you understand your rights and the choices you have.  They can also assist you to speak up about the care you receive.

You may get an advocate if you find it hard to:

  • understand what is happening
  • understand the choices that you have and make decisions
  • understand information
  • decide what care and support you need
  • tell people what you want

Independent advocates support you to make your own decisions and be involved in discussions about your care and support.

An advocate can support you to speak up, or they might speak up on your behalf if you need them to. 

Some examples of when you might need support are:

- finding help if moving home;
- finding help with benefits, employment and money issues;
- finding health care if you are unwell;
- when you need to be heard, maybe at a review or special meeting such as a case conference. 

If you find being involved in meetings about your care or support very hard and you do not have a friend or relative who can help make sure you are involved you can ask for an advocate.

Voice Ability offer a free, independent and confidential advocacy service.  You can contact them:

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Voice Ability Havering

Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG3 8XJ 

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          0208 590 2666

People First (Havering) also offer an advocacy service to people who live in Havering.  You can contact Emma Marston on:

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by email:                  

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