Advocacy for care assessments – FAQs

What is advocacy?

Advocacy is a way of providing practical support, enabling people to make informed choices, to represent themselves and to get the right level of support in order to live independently within their community. Advocacy promotes social inclusion. Our advocacy service will work with you to ensure that you feel empowered to self-advocate in the future.

Can the advocate help me with my benefits?

Unfortunately no, but the Advocate can signpost you to relevant benefits advice services for support.

Who can refer to the service?

You can refer yourself, a friend or family member may refer you, or a health and social care professional such as a social worker or mental health worker. Please complete our Advocacy referral form if you are interested in this service.

Will you talk to other people about my case?

No, only once a consent form has been signed can an advocate speak or contact people on your behalf, and you can withhold consent for communications between your advocate and any individual service.

Where can I have an appointment?

Visits can be arranged at your home or can be facilitated at WECIL’s offices in Kingswood and Fishponds, Bristol.

For more information

If you’d like to use our advocacy service, please complete this Advocacy referral form and return to us.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please call our advocacy service on 0117 947 9956 or email advocacy@wecil.co.uk

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