Mencap makes it easy to understand the term advocacy and how to go about using it when needed.
Advocacy is a fancy word for helping people to speak for themselves.
Advocates don’t speak on behalf of people with a learning disability – they make sure a person’s own voice is heard.
Advocates support people to develop the skills, confidence and knowledge they need to voice their concerns and make sure they are being treated right.
Read more on the Mencap website about advocacy.
Wiltshire Council’s advocacy service provider is Rethink.
Image and content thanks to Mencap.