Providing free advocacy support to vulnerable residents in Oxfordshire
GENERIC ADVOCACY SERVICE
There are many reasons a person may need and benefit from an advocate. Amongst the most common are:-
Anyone with a situation in which they feel is not being resolved in the way they would wish.
Dementia sufferers who are having difficulty having their views heard and understood.
Those suffering from learning disabilities.
Short term advocacy for all.
We provide an advocacy service for anyone who lives in Oxfordshire who, for whatever reason, is finding it hard to get heard at present.
People use this service when they are having difficulty with one particular issue. This might be, for example, being understood by a doctor, or being listened to by the housing department. We are not experts, but we can support you in getting your point across in situations which might be challenging or emotional for you. We can research options which may help you to come to a decision about your wishes.
Advocacy for those with Dementia – what will the Advocate do?
The Advocate will spend time with the person with dementia (the Client) to find out what their understanding of the situation is and what they would like to happen.
The Advocate will help the Client to express those wishes.
The Advocate can accompany and support the Client at meetings to enable the Client’s wishes to be known. If the Client does not want to be present at the meeting, the Advocate can attend and represent the Client.
Advocacy for people with learning disabilities.
This means supporting people to speak up for themselves, make decisions, get information, ask questions and many other things. It does not mean that we tell the person what would be best for them, make decisions for them or encourage them to go along with what others are telling them.
We provide an advocate to work one-to-one with anyone who has a learning disability on issues that may be short or long term. Our advocates are all trained, checked, supervised and supported. Most are volunteers. It helps if the person being referred has been spoken to about having an advocate but if not, the scheme coordinator will do their best to explain what an advocate can do and find out if the referred person would like the help of an advocate.
This service also supports people who are living at John Sharich House, STAT, the Step Down unit and Evenlode ward.