Someone to speak on your behalf
Having someone to speak on your behalf is often known as advocacy.
Advocacy means having someone who will express your views and wishes, secure your rights and represent your interests. Advocacy safeguards people who are vulnerable by speaking up for them. It enables people with physical or learning disabilities, older people and those with mental health needs to make informed choices and decisions about their own health and social care.
Agencies which offer adult advocacy
- Harrow Association of Disabled people: for people with disabilities
- Age UK Harrow: for people over the age of 60.
- Harrow Mencap: representing people with learning disabilities.
- Mind in Harrow: for those with mental health problems. Specialist Somali based health assistance.
- Health Advocacy Service: provides advocacy to help you deal with concerns you have about any health service you have used
- VoiceAbility: offer Independent Mental Health Advocacy to patients at Northwick Park Hospital and Roxbourne Complex
Advocacy is completely independent from the organisations that provide social care or Healthcare in Harrow. Advocates act only according to the wishes of the person they are speaking for. They do not take their own view of what is best, or try to influence the person to make a different choice.