Our advocacy services can provide you with support to help your views get heard and have your say. An advocate can speak on your behalf if you are unable to speak for yourself.
Do I need an advocate?
You may need an advocate if you:
- are using services provided by us and you feel that nobody is listening to you
- need help making your own decisions
- feel you are being deprived of your liberty
- are making a complaint about health services
- think that you need care and support from us
- are being treated under the Mental Health Act.
What can an advocate help with?
An advocate will:
- listen to you
- help you make decisions
- help you get information you need
- help you write down what you want to say
- attend meetings with you if you ask them to
- speak up on your behalf but only if you want them to.
They will not:
- give advice or opinions
- make judgement
- solve problems.
How do I get an advocate?
Advocacy in Nottinghamshire is provided by Your Voice, Your Choice:
- Telephone: 0300 020 0093
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are other sources of support for people who may need help:
- The Patient Advice Liaison Services (PALS)
- National Youth Advocacy Service
- Community Legal Service Direct
Nottinghamshire Help Yourself also lists a number of organisations who provide advocacy services.