ESAS offers a specialist learning disability advocacy service.  Advocacy is taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need. Advocates and advocacy schemes work in partnership with the people they support.

ESAS Advocacy promotes social inclusion, equality and social justice. An advocate will talk with the person facing a choice in order to ensure that their voice is heard. The advocate will make sure the person’s rights are upheld, that they are able to make choices and to be more in control of what happens in their life.

 

Who is eligible for this service?

To get support from this advocacy service, you will need to be a child or adult with additional needs, or their carer. This could include:

  • learning difficulties or disabilities

  • autism

  • acquired brain injury

You will have a particular concern which you want to deal with, and will consent to your advocate supporting you with this issue. You will be seeking help to make your views heard, to set down what you need on paper, to attend meetings, and to clearly understand the choices you need to make. If we are unable to help you we will signpost or refer you to another organisation who might be able to help.

 

What will an advocate do?

An advocate will talk with the person facing a choice in order to ensure that their voice is heard. The advocate will make sure the person’s rights are upheld, that they are able to make choices and to be more in control of what happens in their life.

An advocate should not tell you what you should do, share information with professionals without your permission, or become your counsellor or friend. The advocate should provide you with support and information to enable you to make choices.  The advocate will work with you on specific issues that you face, following a plan that you agree together.