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Advocacy

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What is advocacy?

Advocacy helps people speak up about things that are important to them. Sometimes people need support expressing what they want to say and having their point of view taken seriously. Advocates are there to be on someone’s side. They can help a person access information, explore options, and understand their rights – so they can make the decisions they want about their life.

 

What does an advocate do?

Advocates spend time getting to know a person so they can support the individual to put forward their views and preferences. They won’t give advice, or make decisions for someone. They might support by being there at meetings, helping a person make contact with the right people, or speaking for them in situations where they don’t feel able to speak for themselves.