Someone to speak on my behalf (advocacy)
Having someone to speak on your behalf is often known as advocacy.
Advocacy means having someone who will express your views and wishes, secure your rights and represent your interests. It safeguards people who are vulnerable by speaking up for them. It enables people with physical or learning disabilities, older people and those with mental health needs to make informed choices and decisions about their own health and social care.
Advocacy helps you to access information and services and to explore choices and options. Advocacy is completely independent from the organisations that provide social care services. Advocates act only according to the wishes of the person they are speaking for. They do not take their own view of what is best, or try to influence the person to make a different choice. The Swindon Advocacy Movement, an independent organisation, provides advocacy services in Swindon.
Swindon Advocacy Movement
Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM) are a charity who provide independent, free and easily accessible advocacy to those eligible.
Advocacy can help promote the voices of people living in Swindon by enabling them express what it is they want and aspire to as members of their community, both locally and wider. Additionally, advocacy support can assist people in accessing and understanding information about their rights and how to challenge those rights.
SAM aims to promote social inclusion, equality and social justice through the below services:
- Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
- Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) including for adults as well as children and young people
- Independent Care Act Advocacy
- Parent Advocacy
- Community Mental Health Advocacy
- Project boost - group based advocacy including activities surrounding different interests and daily life skills for those with learning disabilities
- Indy project - one-to-one advocacy for children and young people with Special Education Needs (SEN) or disability and diagnosed mental health conditions. Enabling 10-18 year olds to reach their personal goals.
The above is accessible to those who have complex needs including; learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health conditions and carers of people using services of health and social care. SAM provides a clear consistent voice for those who are unable or struggle to be heard.
To find out more about the above services and whether you might be eligible, please use any of the contact details below.
Swindon Advocacy Movement (SAM)
Address: Swindon Advice and Support Centre, Sanford House, Sanford Street, Swindon SN1 1HE
Phone: 01793 542266 or 01793 542575
You can contact Swindon Advocacy Movement direct but if you are still unsure the Adult Social Care team will be able to advise you.