Advocates can help

Advocates can give advice, support and information to people of any age, helping them to voice their concerns and guiding them through difficult or challenging times. Consider using the services of an advocate if you feel unsure or concerned when you are faced with making an important decision about your care choices. They can be especially useful if you have a disability and you need to make your voice heard.

Advocates can provide short term advocacy where people require the support of an independent advocate during a major change in their life, i.e. moving home, or a particular issue such as making a complaint. The short term advocate is a person who is not involved in the person’s issues or decision, and offers independent support to help the person make the decision which is right for them.

There are a range of advocacy services. For further information visit: www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/localservices.