Grampian CareData

Advocacy - Introduction

Record Number: 1404



Services

Advocacy is an independent service open to all users of health and social work services. Advocacy is all about helping people to take more control of their lives by ensuring that they have the right and opportunity to contribute to the discussions and decisions which will determine the services and treatment they receive.

The main aim of advocacy is to support people to express their needs and views effectively to the people involved in their care and in dealings with health and social work services.

Advocacy support involves many things, including:

  • developing self advocacy skills among service users by ensuring that people have access to information and advice and are given appropriate support, guidance and training so that they can articulate their views, needs and concerns
  • training and supporting volunteer advocates to give this support and to act on behalf of others

A volunteer advocate is an unpaid, competent member of the public who represents a person's interests, with their permission and according to their wishes, helping them to improve their quality of life and to obtain their full rights.

Social Work and NHS Grampian have a strong local commitment to the principle that people who receive services should have more opportunity to be involved in discussions which affect them.

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Area Covered: Aberdeen / Aberdeenshire / Moray

Aberdeenshire Coverage: Banff & Buchan / Buchan / Formartine / Garioch / Kincardine & Mearns / Marr

Cost of Service:

Free

Referral: Members of the public can contact organisations directly

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