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Someone to speak for you and advise you

You can get someone to make sure your views and concerns are heard and that you’re involved in decisions that are being made about your care or your role as a carer. You can ask a friend or family member or an independent person to advise you. Sometimes we will arrange for someone to help you.

Someone to speak for you

You can ask a friend or relative to come along to meetings with you and help you to make decisions.

Sometimes we will arrange for someone to make sure your views and concerns are heard and that you’re involved in decisions that are being made about you.

This is called ‘advocacy’. A person who helps you is known as an ‘advocate’.  Advocates are independent and not linked to the council. You don’t pay for advocacy.

You can have an advocate to help you if you’re:

  • getting help at home from Adult Social Care
  • looking to get help from Adult Social Care
  • an adult looking after another adult (a carer)
  • a young person who’s care is moving from children’s to Adult Social Care
  • living in a care home

Get an independent person to help you

If you don’t have a friend or relative who can help you, you can choose your own advocate through the Age UK or we will arrange an advocate for you.

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