What is advocacy?
Advocacy seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to:
Have their voice heard on issues that are important to them
Defend and safeguard their rights
Have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives
How we help?
At The Disability Representation Unit, the work we do is led by the wishes and interests of the people we advocate on behalf of. We facilitate and maximise their involvement in a whole range of Adult Care and Support and health processes.
Our advocates can support you to be involved as much as possible in decisions about your care. We can help you when your Local Authority is:
Making a needs assessment
Making a carer’s assessment
Making or reviewing a care and support plan
Having a safeguarding enquiry (to check if you might be being abused) or arranging for a Safeguarding Adults Review
We will work with you to help you understand what is happening, help you think about your choices and what is best for you, represent your views and concerns or help you to challenge a council's decision.
We accept instructions from appointed deputies and LPA's.
We work entirely independent of statutory bodies and official organisations. We offer this service to those who choose to fund an advocate privately. We are able to accept private commissions for advocacy in a variety of situations.
We use a a sliding scale of charges that are proportionate to a person’s circumstances when we set our hourly rates.
If you would like more information about this service, please use our contact form to make an enquiry.