Advocacy services

An advocate's role is to help you to understand what is going to happen, help you to make decisions and to make sure the correct procedures are followed by Health and Social Care services.

Advocacy services help people to:

  • access information and services
  • be involved in decisions about their lives
  • explore choices and options
  • defend and promote their rights and responsibilities
  • speak out about issues that matter to them

The service is for people who have substantial difficulty in being involved with the assessment of their needs, their care planning or their care reviews, and who have nobody appropriate to help them.

An advocacy service is provided by someone who is independent of Adult Social Care services, the NHS and who is not a friend or part of your family.

How to access advocacy services

South Tyneside has a range of advocacy services available for people who need support to access care and health services and carers. 

Many disability organisations also provide advocacy services for people with learning and physical disabilities. For more information please see, NHS Choices: Advocacy services.

Advocacy services

  • Name
    deafPLUS
    Description
    deafPLUS is a registered charity working to encourage integration and equality between deaf and hearing people in all areas of life.
  • Name
    Equal People Network
    Description
    The Equal People Network is people with learning disabilities working together to get their voices heard.
  • Name
    Healthwatch South Tyneside
    Location
    Jarrow Hub
    Description
    Healthwatch South Tyneside is your dedicated consumer champion, working with users of local NHS and social care services to hear about your experiences, identify any issues or problems and help generate improvements. The feedback and suggestions from local people will be used to shape health and social care services in South Tyneside.
  • Name
    IMCA, Your Voice Counts
    Description
    Advocacy service for anyone suffering with dementia, learning disability or mental health difficulties.
  • Name
    Momentum Skills North East
    Description
    The organisation offers vocational rehabilitation services for people aged over 16 years with acquired brain injury or neurological conditions.
  • Name
    Sight Service
    Location
    South Tyneside Resource Centre
    Description
    Wide range of services including activities, breakfast and lunch clubs, gym, welfare rights and more, to support people who are visually impaired.
  • Name
    Your Voice Counts
    Description
    Your Voice Counts helps people with learning difficulties find out about different services and organisations that can support them.

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