An advocate is a person who can act as a spokesperson for you. They can help you have your voice heard, promote your rights, represent your interests and obtain services you might need access to.
Some examples of what they do are:
- Challenge decisions about your care and support package if you do not agree with them
- Help you make decisions about your care
- Stand up for your rights
- Write letters for you
- Attend meetings with you and speak on your behalf if you’re not confident to do so
- Support you through any assessments
Each advocacy service will often have its own criteria as to whether they are able to support you or not. To find your local advocacy service in Scotland, click here.