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Advocacy might sound like a scary word, or one that you have heard a lot of, but what does it actually mean?

Advocacy is when you get someone to help you express what you think or feel about a certain situation..

What is Advocacy?

According to mind.org.uk

“The role of an advocate depends on your situation and the support you want. But they are there to support your choices.

An advocate can:

  • listen to your views and concerns
  • help you explore your options and rights (without pressuring you)
  • provide information to help you make informed decisions
  • help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf
  • accompany you and support you in meetings or appointments.

An advocate will not:

  • give you their personal opinion
  • solve problems and make decisions for you
  • make judgements about you.

The support of an advocate is often particularly useful in meetings when you might not feel confident in expressing yourself. They can:

  • support you to ask all the questions you want to ask
  • make sure all the points you want covered are included in the meeting
  • explain your options to you without giving their opinion
  • help keep you safe during the meeting – for example, if you find the meeting upsetting, your advocate can ask for a break until you feel able to continue”

But where can you start looking?

We have put together some of the best places you can look for support

 

Blue Sky

 

Yep, your foster carer and Blue Sky will be able to help you find support. They might be able to put you in touch with someone at Blue Sky who can come and talk to help you or even help you plan your ideas yourself

 

Coram Voice

 

Coram is committed to improving the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people. They support children and young people from birth to independence, creating a change that lasts a lifetime. This link will take you to a website where you can find the specific advocacy services in your area

 

MindOut

 

Offers advocacy for all LGBTQ people. They also have loads of other really helpful things to read, watch and listen to