This is a free accessible service available for:
- D/deaf and hard of hearing people
- Families of D/deaf and hard of hearing people
What is Advocacy?
Advocacy is taking action to help people:
- express their views and wishes
- secure their rights
- have their interests represented
- access information and services
- explore choices and options
Advocacy can help anyone who needs support to:
- make changes and take control of their life
- be valued and included in their community
- be listened to and understood
An Advocate is :
- someone who supports a person so that their views are heard and their rights are upheld.
- they can help a person to put their views and feelings across when decisions are being made about their life.
- they can give support which will enable a person to make choices and they inform people of their rights.
- an advocate will support a person to speak up for themselves or, in some situations, will speak on a person’s behalf.
- advocates are independent. They are not connected to the carers or to the services which are involved in supporting the person.
- an advocate will work one-to-one with a person to develop their confidence wherever possible and will try to ensure that the person feels as empowered as possible to take control of their own life
Principles of Advocacy:
- Putting people first – taking on the views of the client
- Confidentiality – not disclosing information unless instructed by client (safeguarding)
- Accessibility – adapting the service to meet individual clients needs
- Independence – not linked to any other organisations
- Empowerment – aim is to empower clients so they can do as much themselves as possible.
- Accountability – information relayed to client from reliable sources
- Supporting advocates – trained, skilled advocates
- Clarity of purpose – clear to clients what they should and shouldn’t expect from advocacy
What Should I Do Next?
Contact the Deafness Resource Centre to make an appointment to see our Advocate.
Advocacy & Community Services Manager, Advocate for D/deaf, hard of hearing people and their families
Improving Access initiatives supported by our Advocacy Team:
Providing opportunities for D/deaf people to meet, learn and exchange views and opinions, through their preferred method of communication
Helping service providers looking to improve access and equality for D/deaf service users and staff.
Working with young deaf people to support them during transition periods at school or college
Working with schools and groups of young people to provide information sessions about deafness and sign language (as part of the National Curriculum or more informal sessions to suit each group)