An advocate is someone who can take action to support people to make informed choices, secure their rights, represent their needs and obtain services. Advocates speak up for people and/or encourage individuals to speak up for themselves.
The Total Voice Suffolk partnership comprises of ACE Anglia, Impact, Age UK Suffolk, Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD), Voiceability, Suffolk Family Carers and Suffolk User Forum. These organisations provide professional advocates who can help with issues such as:
• Making an NHS complaint (Independent Health Complaints Advocacy- IHCA)
• Understanding your rights under the Mental Health Act (Independent Mental Health Advocacy- IMHA)
• Supporting a Safeguarding issue (Care Act Advocacy)
• Ensuring your needs are considered and you are involved in decisions made about your care (Care Act Advocacy)
• Issued faced in the community (Community Advocacy)
Want to know more about our advocacy services and where they are located?
Visit: http://www.royaldeaf.org.uk/news/what-is-advocacy/ which includes a BSL video.
Need access to an advocate in Suffolk?
You can contact us in a number of ways:
Voice Phone: 0845 688 2525
Text Phone: 0845 688 2527
SMS: 07749 965 727